Sometimes when you press play you’re not prepared for what you are going to hear. That’s how I felt after the first few seconds of hearing Canadian chanteuse Chérie on her stunning debut. As her three-piece backing band lays down mellow and melodic riffs of pop, mild funk and all around ear catching grooves,
Chérie infuses the music with vocals that are untainted and dove white sounding. Realizing they were gaining a following and had no recorded material they took a hiatus from playing live and recorded their fantastic and compact five-song debut EP We’re Not Here for Long, on which Chérie coos and croons beautifully in both French and English.
We’re Not Here for Long opens up with “Splinter” which within its first few seconds embeds itself in your soul combining lush, vocals with soft pitter patter drums and lazy guitar, which eventually escalates with a perfect pacing into a fully fleshed out wonder of a song that gets funkier as it rolls on adding taut bass lines and shining brass.
Next the grooves continue on “Malt Gold” a song that sounds like the early morning rays of sunlight coming into a bedroom window. The bands groove is perfectly suppressed, never over-extending itself over Chérie’s hushed sing speak. They are as complementary to one another as yin and yang. This is lyrically one of Chérie’s most powerful songs as she invokes the record’s title with powerful conviction.
The band changes up the pace a little bit for “Elle” a subdued and jazzy feeling haze of instruments that seem played with fingertips alone as Chérie sings in French with the same power as awe that she does in English. Next comes the sparse but much more amped up rock of “Change.” The band then closes out the record with the all-encompassing “Stuck” which is the band’s biggest sounding song in terms of scope and measure, and it acts as an awesome closing track.
It’s been quite some time since I’ve heard music as awe inspiring and original as We’re Not Here for Long. The record is both quiet and delicate sounding, but there also a rugged elegance that keeps it balanced. This is definitely a record that should be heard time and again.
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