Say Lou Lou ‘Instant Crush’ (Daft Punk Cover)
Admit it, when you first heard ringleader of the Strokes, Julian Casablancas, strutting it out on a vocoder on a Daft Punk track, you were as puzzled as I was.
But after a few listens, you realises it sits comfortably on the record as a stand out that shines with a profound vision. The track features the soft palm mutes of the guitar most Strokes fans would quickly get acquainted to, but disco synth vibes and the bass grooves with the Daft Punk stamp on gets thrown into the mix after.
Dream pop Australian/Swedish duo Say Lou Lou are no strangers to covers, after having it their way with Tame Impala’s ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards‘, they have embarked on a new challenge before their debut album ‘Lucid Dreaming’ releases February 2nd next year.
While putting their spin on things, the track doesn’t deviate enough to make it seem entirely groundbreaking but it still maintains a Say Lou Lou presence that we can all shake a hand on. ‘Instant Crush’ starts off whispery with ambient touches, the verse is exceptionally easy on the ears while the pre-chorus is full of raspy emotions that echoes strongly. The half-rap chorus of “And we will never be alone again, cause it doesn’t happen every day. Kinda counted on your being a friend, can I give it up or give it away” offers a wry smile with the slap pop of the bass and Miranda and Elektra leading us through hoops and loops of the catchy hook, with the fading bridge carrying a heavy-hearted piano part and The XX-sounding guitar fragments.
It is easy to come to the conclusion that Say Lou Lou are great at what they do, with this track an appropriate measure of their forward-moving aspirations ahead of their debut.
For those in need of an extra intake of Say Lou Lou-branded remedy, their latest single ‘Game for Girls’ will be released October 12th before their debut album follows after on February 2nd 2015.
Words by Darren Ng