Tuesday, March 29, 2016

** PREMIERE ** Con Kōan - Carried Away

Words: Ellie Ward

Brooklyn/Chicago-based duo (originally both from Philadelphia) Robert Cleveland and Madison Rumpf respectively, known collectively as Con Kōan, are about to release their debut EP 'Melánie' next month, and as a foretaste share 'Carried Away', which Little Indie can give you a first hearing of here.

Melding a lo-fi dreampop sound with melodic psych vibes, 'Carried Away' may literally carry you away on three minutes of expressive, blissful vocals and the heavy drum impression that lends a somewhat dark, hypnotic effect. Perhaps fitting for both subject matter and the EP as a whole ('Melánie' being taken from the Greek meaning of 'blackness').

"'Carried Away' is a song about love and disenchantment," Robert tells Little Indie. "I was in a somewhat manipulative relationship and the 'carried away' refrain is a nonchalant sort of 'woe is me' acknowledgement of a shitty relationship pursued in my salad days. Then again, that's just what you get when you put all your eggs in one basket, depending on happiness from another human being when you don't exactly have any of your own shit figured out. It's also a bit of a 'he said, she said' piece: some shit you say during the aftermath of a break-up, in an attempt to rationalize and get over that inner turmoil boiling over at the occasional thought of, 'oh, shit! I used to really love this person'."

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