When the crafts of two talented songwriters collide, it is highly likely that you will get some awesome music. Los Angeles based duo Courtship. (the dot is there on purpose) is composed by Eli Hirsch, who previously worked for the likes of DREAMERS and Ethan Burns, and by Micah Gordon, who did the same with Tobias Jesso Jr. They met while playing in yet another band, Bloodboy, but then they decided to go on their own, writing and producing music in Micah’s bedroom by the ocean.
The band’s first two tracks, the anthem-in-waiting ‘Stop For Nothing’ and the equally heady ‘Love For Everyone’, saw the pair mastering sunny synth-pop with no thought for consequence. ‘Sail Away’ sees them more reflective and wary, but still completely joyous.
Mestre Bergman introduces us to this striking arist. The background: Shauf belongs to that category of gentle, breathy-voiced cult singer-songwriters, mainly American, who specialise in wan, waspish tales of marginalised characters and their bittersweet love lives. So if you like Elliott Smith, Joe Pernice, Andrew Morgan, Kevin Tihista or the Aluminium Group, then you’ll love this Canadian purveyor of melodic chamber-pop. His music is richly textured but recorded on the cheap – often in his parents’ basement in the wild prairies of Saskatchewan. He’s already released a couple of albums, issued on tiny Canadian labels with no distribution in Europe, but this could be his moment. He has just signed to ANTI-, home to Tom Waits, Wilco and Neko Case, and he’s every bit as impressive as, say, Tobias Jesso Jr. He’s touring the UK in April and May with the Lumineers, although we won’t hold that against him.