Canadian duo Smokehouse taps into painful and blissful romance in new single “Brazil.” It’s a sun-kissed synthpop piece built on bursting thumping beats and stretchy gauzy air that sends woozy frissons whooshing down your blood veins. It’s crisp, evocative, and fluorescent as the duo tangles you with the complex emotional knots of wanting someone who also happens to be the source of pain. Hit play:
On the single, the duo commented: “’Brazil was’ the first song we made together as SMOKEHOUSE. It started with a shitty little drum machine we had laying around, and quickly found its way into the indie-pop thing it is now. It was so hot that year in California, it really drove the song to be this polychromatic dreamlike summer memory of that fantasy everyone wishes they could live over and over again but you never really get the chance to (in any sort of reasonable capacity anyway).”
Smokehouse is the collab project of Daniel MacKenzie and Peter Mol who met in 2010 at a mutual festival where they were performing. They’ve previously produced for other artists and toured internationally with other acts. The duo’s currently working on new music.