Fortunes - Undress EP / Jacket EP

Limited Double EP Release 12" Vinyl + Digital Download

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Undress EP / Jacket EP is a double EP by New Zealand duo Fortunes, released in May 2017 by Future Classic Australia.

Melbourne-based duo Fortunes is comprised of Conor McCabe and Barnaby Matthews, who went to high school together in New Zealand. It wasn’t until a decade later that they reconnected to form this homegrown grooving alt-RnB superforce.

 

The duo have been kicking around in Melbourne for quite some time now and their first two EP releases, Hoodie and Jacket, were released in pretty quick succession. 

For Undress, Fortunes. have hulled back the layers to present us with more clean and tightly produced tracks, showing the duo’s sonic evolution into more smooth, earthly vibes in a very natural and artistic progression.

Undress opens with “501’s”; a tenacious, funky tune which was celebrated as their first single release. An instant classic, “501’s” bestows a throwback to OG RnB vibes, interspersed with clean, crisp modern electronic beats. At first glance, this track seems like a modern day serenade, potentially paying some enchanting compliments to a fine crush. The reality is slightly less charming with McCabe shares:

“One day I left work and was walking across the road and I was real paranoid that my fly was down but was like omg, shame checking! My original idea for this song was, sometimes guys forget they fly, it don’t mean they down for you.”

Transitioning away from the denim situation, we are presented with the second cut off the EP, “Hero Man”. Building on a classic drum machine base and genteel synth pads, this track conceives crafty vocal and hard synth hooks. This, beautifully paired with a variety of other melodic instrument textures and sweet, cloud-like backing vocal harmonies, offers a lush offset to the EP’s leading single.

Linen” throws in darker vibes, referencing long, lonely nights and presenting subtexts of the crave for human intimacy. Like with the jeans fiasco, the themes of are incredibly relatable, even going as far as to mention spooning pillows…

Focus” is a complete juxtaposition to “Linen”, finishing off the EP as Fortunes’ other single release from the project. The lyrics are beautifully niche articulations of one’s consuming adoration.

 

Jackets EP, which was self released in 2016, appears for the first time on vinyl as the B-Side of this set. The songs consist of simple synth lines or samples sitting subtly under trap / hip-hop influenced percussion being programmed by producer Barnaby Matthews. On top of these luscious beats  McCabe places beautiful RnB flavoured vocals.

What sets Fortunes apart from similar alternate RnB artists is that they don’t hide behind layers of reverb. McCabe puts together the most crisp beautiful harmonies over the really crisp drums and his vocals hit your ears like he’s singing right next to you.

What also makes this Jackets stand out is that some of the melodies and lyrics on these songs feel as if McCabe is just making instinct and thoughtless iPhone recording ideas, but they’re then carefully and thoughtfully harmonised and processed.

Check out the tracks: “501’s” and “Focus”. 

This Limited Edition double EP release on a single 12" black vinyl LP record with a download code is pressed in Australia.

(3614973382567)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

Undress EP

 

A1

501’s

3:01

A2

Hero Man

3:24

A3

Linen

3:46

A4

Focus

3:56

 

 

 

Jacket EP

 

B1

Bomber

4:29

B2

Justin Beiber

3:54

B3

FKTWU

3:41

B4

Angel

3:31

B5

Energy

3:04

SKU 3614973382567
Record Label Future Classic
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number FCL196LP
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 28 April 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 28 April 2017
Barcode # 3614973382567
Shipping Weight 0.2500kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double EP 12" Vinyl, Black Vinyl, Digital Download Code, Side A - Brand New EP "Undress", Side B - Previously Relaesed EP "Jacket
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Soul
Format VINYL EP

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