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First Glances – Roscoe

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The marriage of broad electronic strokes with soulful, torch vocals has always been highly effective, through Moby and going all the way back to Soft Cell and Depeche Mode. Roscoe are the latest to carry that torch. Hailing from my neighboring city, Liége, Roscoe make big-hearted, romantic pop music. Actually their contemporaries are more reasonably the likes of Chapel Club and Future Islands. Lead vocalist Pierre Dumoulin approximates Chapel Club frontman Lewis’almost drinkable neutrality. Emotive yet restrained, Dumoulin’s croon is held back, almost to the point of catching at the back of the throat. Cries and whispers. I love it.

The band released their album Mont Royal earlier this year. Recently they completed a series of live dates and festivals culminating in Brussels Music Festival, the inner city blue riband.event. I managed to catch their final date. Now the band retreat to work on their follow up record, which they promise me will be “rockier” than the chilled Mont Royal.

Music for dreamy introverts.

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