We’re feeling the embrace of Fortunes’ Jacket EP
Snuggling up on a rainy day; going for a swim in the ocean at sunset; curling into the fold that bridges the gap from the neck to the shoulder. These are just some of the sensual moments that resonate with the finish of FORTUNES‘ second EP, Jacket.
Alluring from start to finish, this R’n’B saturated sweet pea is gorgeously embossed with soft percussion and charming synthwork to compliment the ridiculously talented vocals that adorn the space; a skill set crafted by the New Zealand born-Melbourne based duo, Conor McCabe and Barnaby Matthews, with the gleaming end result mixed and mastered by the genius that is, Andre Eremin.
A five-track effort, Jacket‘s opener, ‘Bomber’ offers a ride of a soundtrack within its own domain, as we experience a number of tonal shifts within its four and a half minute history.
The ominous sample on loop creased by the rickety crunch and open-ended shouted sentences express an atmosphere vaguely borrowing influence from the harsher folds of trap and grime. Readjusting the vocals to a double-recording, emotional effect heightens, and situates its greatest potential amongst the softer chapters of the song. Breaking down its final wall to gain complete momentum, we embrace McCabe’s powerful voice during the final breaths of, ‘Bomber’; as its purity dominates an almost stark-naked space.
Resonating metallic claps break up the string of choppier beats in, ‘FKWTU’. Placing impact with the repetition of the lyric, “You should come over later”, Fortunes unveil a cheekier attribute to the Jacket EP. Again, making use of the multiple-vocal recording, we experience an overcompensated dose of McCabe’s thick voice, laid over Matthew’s jazzy sequence; one that harps a jovial guitar, chilled out bassline, trickling electronics and esteemed percussive elements. Taking note of the lyricism, the concoction of textures and aspects at such a tempo simmer into a sensual boil, and will have you melt at ‘FKWTU”s command.
The lyricism of, ‘Energy’ has been left for last, as it warrants confidence amongst a manifestation of vulnerability. Building a backbone to offer promise in this bout of intimacy, Fortunes lay out an elongated keyline that softly whispers beneath hard hitting beats. A net of very forward human desire, the execution is pretty appealing in the eye of the recipient.
Fortunes‘ Jacket EP is available as a “Name Your Price” download on the duo’s Bandcamp.
Words by Hannah Galvin.