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Gilbert-duet CooBee Coo’s self-produced debut album, “Melodies from the Farm”, is the obvious result of organic, thoughtful songwriting that relies on genre-bending and soulful harmonies, both of which have come to envelope Arizona sound.
Recorded at the duet’s own converted 1950’s style ranch house turned modern day studio, “Music from the Farm” has much to offer listeners searching for both variety and a finger to the pulse of Arizona Indie.
Photo from the Studio at the Farm Facebook page.
The Studio at the Farm is not new to those familiar with the Arizona scene. KC Barras and Jesse Morrison, the two experienced studio technicians and musicians behind CooBee Coo, have used their talents to record many local artists. This influence is evident in the opening vocal hook of “Vegas Town”, the album’s opener: an intentionally paced, gradually swelling start to an album that moves genres effortlessly into “Sir”, a song with catchy vocal melodies and blues guitar reminiscent, at points, of the Black Keys, while still staying something all their own.
The melancholy piano opening to “Sour Days” is sweet as can be, eventually flourishing in to a full guitar-toned jam before pulling back to vocal-harmony saccharine. “Where’d you get your name?” they both coo. Upon hearing, it is obvious.
“This dream was worth the wait. Don’t make me leave this dream” beckons the vocals of “Mr. Morning”. The slow minimalism in the initial offering gives way to a full scale break halfway through, and the half-tempo release will have you humming this hook through Summer. The slow strolling guitar riff under the beautifully layered “Shoot an apple off my head” lyrics of “Tamara” will have you humming them for longer. The haunting vocal swells and guitar in the second to last song, “Snake In the Gravel” evoke a sense of lonely-on-the-prairie mixed with the emotional determination that can only come from weeks of weariness.
It’s hard to separate CooBee Coo from their recording process and studio. They’ve said this record was a conscious decision to leave out conventional loops and production values, instead keeping in line with their live, organic sound. What’s left is a full album that flirts with dream pop, makes out with rock, and takes blues home back to their place for a full night and possibly breakfast. Their stylistic versatility is only complemented by their emphasis on musical self-reliance, casting aside the overproduction that seemed so prevalent in popular music only too recently. I can only hope they didn’t get blues pregnant. Or maybe hope they did, as a few little CooBee Coo’s running around could only be a good thing.
“I wonder where I’ll be going when I say goodbye” exclaims “The Things Above”, the final song on the album. Good thing you don’t have to say goodbye: you can listen to and download the full album on their bandcamppage. Check out their blog for insightful articles on music today, what’s happening at the Farm and when to catch CooBee Coo again.
CooBeeCoo peforming Sugar Cane live downtown Mesa.