Vesuvio Solo, “Avion”

Nick Das

The Police must find themselves confounded in 2014. Their signature chorus-effected guitars are almost as ubiquitous now as they were 30 years ago, dousing a metallic sheen to a swath of the musical spectrum on everything from the overplayed radio summer song, “Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz, to Canadian band TOPS, that make dreamy pop with the verve of a younger sister belting her favorite song into a hairbrush in her parents’ basement. Enter Vesuvio Solo, the project of former TOPS bassist Thom Gillies and Cameron MacLean.

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The duo filters the eighties sensibilities proliferating stereos everywhere around them, though through a decidedly smokier lens, coming across as Ariel Pink’s more conventional counterpart. “Avion”, with its glowing guitar swells and Juno synthesizer plucks, exists in the darkened corners of a coked out night club on a cruise ship, which echo Gillies’ sentiments concerning missed connections and mobility: “You don’t know where to go/ In the avion, real slow / I don’t know where you’ve been / Pull over, let me in.” Gillies doesn’t say much here, but then again, the eighties never epitomized principle over hedonism.

Taken from the forthcoming album Favors co-released by Banko Gotiti and Atelier Ciseaux on cassette October 15.

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