Les Cooper has recently won a JUNO award for his co-writing and production on the album “Chances” from Jill Barber but he also has his own solo music too. The singer-songwriter merges together downtempo grooves with synths that play like saxophone solos in a hazy night bar. His new single “Stranger” really struck a chord with me because it feels like Les is creating a jazzy number but has done it with synths, electric pianos and live drums. It is an odd crossover because it feels like a space jazz track that wants to rock at the same time but I really clicked with it!
“Stranger” was born out of a feeling of frustration and the need to “say the kinds of things you’re not really allowed to say to some of these folks.” The track begins calmly but there is a point where it all falls apart and the “real person comes out.” I love how the track twists and expands over its duration, keeping you guessing on where it’ll go next. The single is out now and you can follow Les Cooper on Twitter for more information about upcoming releases.
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