Following on from their downbeat summer debut Home Heart, Manchester synth-pop duo Koalas reveal their hand with a double a-side of exhilarating left-field pop, Lover / Two Loves.
With Manchester’s lurching music scene currently knee deep in DIY guitar bands, Koalas are part of a new vanguard of artists to come out of the Low Four studio and label, working with producer Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, GoGo Penguin, Makemake).
Songwriter and co-producer Samuel Jones discusses the decision to release two tracks at once…
“Lover and Two Loves are two-sides of the same coin, the first an imagined conversation with a fallen love and the latter dealing with a collision of lust and love. They’re very much the centrepieces of our live-set and it’s cathartic to have these songs – some of the first written – out there.”
“We’ve taken our time to pull everything together, craft and refine. The live show in particular was something we had to really think about before we could even get close to a rehearsal room, the show is about 80% analogue synths with live drums so what you’re hearing is pure voltage which is hopefully pretty exciting.”
Koalas cite influences ranging from Caribou and Boards of Canada to The Pointer Sisters and Ambitious Lovers.