Curtis Cooper‘s engagingly frenetic sound shines in the darkness of “Arrest.” Like the rest of his debut album Laughing In Line, the song strays from the confines of one specific genre and instead explores powerful folk through the sincerity of a singer-songwriter with the intensity and raw edge of punk. Cooper’s encounter with the police unfolds in quiet whispers of introverted thought and bursts of roaring trepidation. Augmented interjections of his voice bolster the tune’s sense of hysteria as it rises and falls with heated concentration. Dylan Pecora matches the push and pull of the sonic madness in rapidly flowing, sepia-toned shots of Cooper retelling his story in a dimly lit basement. Using distortion and the intimacy of extreme close-ups, Pecora does a great job of capturing the feeling of being trapped inside Cooper’s mind during a tricky situation.
Catch Curtis Cooper live on May 1st on a stellar line-up of locals at Boot & Saddle or May 13th as part of Queen of Jeans‘ residency at Bourbon and Branch presented by JUMP. Listen to Laughing In Line below:
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