Following the cosmic folk on its debut singles released in 2015, New Orleans duo Renshaw Davies returns with The Heat
, a six-song EP channeling melancholic pop with its signature haunting harmonies and an expanded sonic palette.
John Renshaw and Emily Davies returned to New Orleans' Bear America Records to record with producer Carson Thielen at the helm. They'll celebrate The Heat
's release at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at Gasa Gasa with Coyotes and The Quintessential Octopus. Tickets $10. Listen to the EP below.
The duo first tried to capture their live dynamic, "trying to record ourselves playing what we've done live for years, which is one acoustic guitar and harmony, folk-inspired stuff, trying to capture the simplicity of the songs. It just didn't work," Renshaw says. "Finally, during one session I realized I couldn't play to a click track (metronome) very well, so Carson put a drumbeat over it which was supposed to be temporary, but it sounded great and we went with it."
With The Heat
, Renshaw Davies amends its intimate arrangements and close harmonies with lush strings, bubbling synths and shimmering guitars and lap steel, conjuring shadow-casting chamber pop and otherworldly folk.
"As we layered on beats, which we loved, we followed up with some (Roland) Juno (synthesizer), strings, and many other sounds we've been working into our live set," Davies says. "It was the perfect impetus to throw myself into the synth world and polish some rusty key skills. "
"Carson really keyed in on us from the beginning," Renshaw says. "He recognized something we thought we had, but didn't and helped us to reach what we are now, which we hope is pretty cool."