“Recovery is a song about alcohol and all the wonderful and terrible things it can do. It’s quite a fun drink but also a dark mess. Cheeky pints can’t be cheeky forever. How many of our relationships would exist without it?”
Greg Sanderson, Cocoa Futures
In parts full of swagger, in parts disorienting, but always impossibly euphoric, ‘Recovery’, Cocoa Futures biggest, brashest release from this year’s brilliantly inventive five-track EP of the same name, is full of all the promise and intensity of a memorable all-nighter – the sort that rarely passes without consequence. Indeed, ‘Recovery’ finds frontman Greg Sanderson weighing up the cost of such bacchanalian nights and measuring them against their impact on subsequent days. “At its heart,” says Greg, “the song is a question – how can we discover more about life if we’re recovering all the time?”
Taking cues from St Vincent, Roxy Music, and Low-era Bowie, and dropping them around a core of catchy, warped funk, ‘Recovery’ inexorably builds through its rapturous, trancey chorus to an enormous climax, taking a kitchen-sink approach to percussion, synths, and loops as Greg’s vocal become ever-more urgent. ‘Recovery’ is a rush, as intoxicating an experience as its subject matter but, rest assured, this is hedonism without the comedown.
Following the much-praised singles, ‘Sink in the Water, ‘Circus’ and ‘Big Time’, ‘Recovery’ is the latest release from Cocoa Futures’ five-track EP of the same name, recorded at Manchester’s Low Four studios and produced by Brendan Williams (GoGo Penguin; Dutch Uncles; Koalas). It’s five diverse yet sonically consistent songs comprise what is the band’s second EP, available to stream and purchase from 16 November. These are thrilling pop moments, whimsical, catchy and fresh, and produced with exacting attention to detail and dynamics. The ‘Recovery EP’ will more than sate those pop aficionados who’ve wisely been keeping the Tottenham-based group on their ones to watch lists these past 18 months.
Tue 13 November: Yes, Manchester
Fri 16 November: The Finsbury, London N4