"Mexican Aftershow Party" by Kevin Drew // Darlings (Out 3.18.14 via Arts & Crafts)
After the stunningly beautiful “Good Sex”, Kevin Drew set the bar pretty high for what to expect on his forthcoming solo album, Darlings. Cut to a month or so later and he drops “Mexican Aftershow Party”, and I’m feeling nervous that he couldn’t possibly compete with the previous single, but lo and behold - for all it’s strange, electronic rumbling - “Mexican Aftershow Party” is a different, wonderful, and altogether successful follow-up single. A low, harmonic, electro-hum pulses beneath distant drum machine samples as Drew opens the song with a sort of speak-sing that oddly reminds me of the opening of Prince’s “Purple Rain”, but once the track picks up it’s steam and the lush, electronic atmospherics layer on alongside horn-like synths - the ballad opens up and reveals itself to be another triumph. Original and vague and lovely as can be. I can’t wait to hear the full length.