On June 16th, Houston-based group Deep Cuts released their brand-new single “Friends” ft. Charles (Go Bang Go Records, 2017), following buzz-building single “Take Me Back.” The band is now sharing the B-side, a silken cover of the Sade classic “Hang On To Your Love.” Maintaining the infectious 4-4 groove of the original, Deep Cuts rejuvenate the song through a sprinkling of a new-wave sheen. Glittery synths flicker around Chase Harris’s smoky sing-talk vocals, while rhythm guitar flourishes dance through ticking hi-hats. A pitched down voice, which Harris states is a Drake-inspired addition, sings along with him in the chorus, adding a sense of menace to the nonchalance of the singer’s delivery. Despite the cool exterior, the worry that our loved one’s won’t hang onto their love for us remains.
Deep Cuts is a Houston-based group of musicians spearheaded by songwriters Chase Harris and Zach Alderman. The classically-trained pair piece together refined schmaltz tunes with winding guitar lines, synth pad beds, and vintage 707 and 727 drum machines. What results is a venture from their latin indie rock roots into pop territory, with undertones ranging from salsa romantica to jazz fusion. The group has self-released several singles and EPs and is currently assembling their first full length record with Grammy award-winning engineer Steve Christensen. “Take Me back”, the album’s first single, debuted on Stereogum in late 2016, and later garnered the band recognition from Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo in a Pitchfork Rising feature. Follow-up single “Friends” drops June 16th, featuring additional vocals from musician and videographer Charlotte Lindèn Ercoli Cole (Ariel Pink, Weyes Blood).
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