Peaking through dewy leaves in the Far East - mist sailing in parallel planes enkindling tranquillity - is our next destination on the ancient map from up and coming Whiskey Pop producer Cyrano, who spray painted an inky night sky and after-party pizazz in track Tundra and brass infused LA debut White Wine before that. Collateral claims the third release from highly anticipated EP Consolations and validation that his music for the overthinkers journeys to atmospheric realms, addressing maturity.
Finesse guaranteed, a nurturing relationship with producer percussive wiz Kit Monteith - and his techno history - somersaults Indielectronica with dusky tones - albeit mellower than the past tracks - responding to Str8 Outta Mumbai by private inventor Jai Paul and the wise words of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club.
A dual dialogue with an internal voice and a partner causes friction: "As I filled your heart with my fears, I relied on you To show me, show me release." There is an expectation when reaching a stage in life that self-sufficiency is paramount. Pushing another away is a defence: "I make it harder for you to love me. You make it harder for me to care." The soulful Scott goes on,
“Collateral has always felt like one big epiphany to me. Like Fight Club, the lyrics are meant to be shared with both a lover and myself. It’s about those feelings of reliance and dependency on someone else while striving for independence and autonomy over oneself. I wanted to personify those parallels in the structure, moving from verse-chorus to chorus –verse, and ending with a moment of self-actualisation.”
Cascading waterfalled Japanese Taiko drums frame his contemporary ballad. His succinct verse, "If I had a conscience to clear, I’d come to you. As I filled your heart with my fears, I relied on you," is surrounded by soothing synths and pockets of intimacy. Reading between the lines, lyrically and sonically, is signified by the descending notes slotted into the words, 'I make it harder, for you to love me.' Ever a fan of a big finish, Cyrano changes the emphasis to lo-fi guitar work, attaining distinction to the end. Succulent and ready for the stars.
Article by Beverley Knight