Crosses and Planks is the debut release of Koko Blue, a collaboration project of Koko Bonaparte (interstllr) and Evan Gordon (The Magic, Islands). This 13 track record offers a stirring melange of emotionally heavy vocals and piercing guitar rifts. Singer Koko Bonaparte’s vocals are laced with a melancholy, which intensifies the already vulnerable lyrics.
Koko Blue manages to create a full sound that fills the entire listening space with a sense of loss and rediscovery, perhaps reflecting Bonaparte’s emotional states during her own journey of loss and rediscovery. Bonaparte has had her shares of ups and downs, after attending Harvard University on a hockey scholarship, she receive her 10th concussion which took her out of the game professionally. Her recovery brought her back to her home town of Guelph, where she and Evan Gordon would write the songs that eventually turned into Crosses and Planks.
The most refreshing part of the album has to be the minimalist production. To capture the heart of each song, Koko and Evan recorded everything straight through. The simplicity of the vocals and guitar allows the listener to understand the message Koko Blue is trying to convey. This simple style also acts a s a homage to Will Oldham and Lou Reed the duo’s musical muses.
Check out more from Koko Bonaparte at http://www.kokobluemusic.com, where you can also find 13 videos to accompany each one of the tracks on Crosses and Planks.