pecq formally introduce themselves with psych-pop banger “Stranger”

Synth-tastic duo pecq‘s debut track, “Strangers,” is out via Upcycled Sounds Records.

After the abysmal year that was 2020, can you blame people for wanting to shed their skin and make way for the new? That’s exactly what Nikò O’Brien and Hannah (Jakes) Jacobs have done, after having linked with another project in the past. Today, we’re excited to premiere “Stranger,” their debut track as pecq.

The new project combines the duo’s love of jazz, alt-pop and experimental electronic dance music as well as retaining the musical chemistry that makes multi-instrumentalist and producer duo O’Brien (drums/electronics) and Jacobs (synth/vocals) so multi-faceted and their music so gorgeously synchronised.

With its warped synths and unrelenting yet groovy drum beat, “Stranger” marks an auspicious welcome back to the pair. Textured and breezy, the track hinges around O’Brien’s thrumming drum work and Jakes’s featherlight vocals, dancing across the top. The hazy and funky track is taken from their debut EP, Stranger, to be released this summer.

About the track, Jakes stated: “‘Stranger’ is about losing myself somewhere between past and present. Events, traumas or lies send us far away from a past self, but when you finally arrive somewhere new you can’t recognise yourself there either. The song for me is being stuck in a ghostly limbo disco haunted by memories of an unreachable past.”

The visual for the track directed by Ross Harrison echoes this sentiment. We see Jakes moving in an almost directionless way, yet with an odd intent. It’s almost like she’s being pulled unwittingly towards something unseen or inexpressible. Ending on an eerie shot of Jakes joining an ensemble of motionless and inanimate people gathered under a motorway pass, the video is both unsettling and weirdly exciting.

Watch pecq‘s video premiere below, and stream “Stranger” tomorrow on their Spotify.

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