Philadelphia’s Curtis Cooper tackles uncertainty with passion on his debut single “Today LA.” Produced and engineered by Scott Stitzer and Nick Barnes of Stolen Studio (who also do the audio for our sessions), “Today LA” captures the frenzy of transition and Cooper’s impressive guitar work in a palpable surge of emotion. Combining the rushing energy of the punk music he makes as the frontman of Philly band Community Service with earnest songwriting and a gentler delivery, the song and Cooper’s solo work in general have a comforting appeal that nestles between the strength of Cooper’s voice, the walloping punch of the chorus, and the intertwined subtitles of the arrangement. “Today LA” was written at the clash of an ending and new beginning that all started with Cooper’s first ever trip to Los Angeles. Those feelings are evident in the track’s natural ebb and flow, resolving in a warm, two-part harmony.
Curtis Cooper’s debut record, Laughing in Line, is out in full on December 28th. Catch Cooper and his band here in Philly at Hong Kong Garden on December 30th or Johnny Brenda’s on March 15th.