Sunday 14 June 2020

Introducing: Club Intl

Today’s introducing post doesn’t feature a totally new artist but instead a new project from that artist. Crush is the debut tune from Club Intl, an NYC based collective formed and led by John Eatherly who has previously featured in the likes of Public Access TV, The Virgins and be your own PET.

Crush is all about big sliding synth sounds and a glossy pulsing production; think Goldfrapp recording the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive or a robot fashion show in a neon lit club. It has lyrics about feeling “deep down heavy in a blue pill daze” and being “not quite ready for my Jesus phase.” It sounds futuristic and fantastic and as if music has evolved into medicine to make everything better again. Listen carefully and you might also hear Madeline Follin from Cults sighing some gentle backing vocals towards the end. It is in short, electronic pop bliss and I must have played it at least 100 times over the last few days. 

Club Intl came into being when the East Village basement studio Eatherly records in had a nightclub built directly on top of it. “The energy from upstairs & seeing hundreds of kids just wilding out every night, started seeping into what we were working on downstairs,” Eatherly has explained. For me this track sounds more like the unsteady flickering sodium end of the night, riding the taxi home, than in the middle of club euphoria but whatever imagery it conjures up for you I hope we can agree that it’s a piece of steely pop perfection.

Club Intl - Crush

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