London-based electronic chamber pop artist Phoebe Coco was somebody who grew up with much of the music that influences her. With her uncle serving as a drummer for the likes of David Bowie and Mick Jagger, as well as her mother touring in Hair The Musical, it is definitely safe to say that the musical arts influence rubbed off on Coco, giving her the semblance of a musical prodigy. With her debut single ‘Silver Lives’ in 2018, Phoebe Coco introduced her accessible, sleek, and soulful pop sound, whose intricacy reflected her upbringing well.
Following this, Phoebe Coco kept it coming with a consistent batch of new singles over the course of the next two years. This year, Phoebe really diversified her discography with six new single releases. The latest single ‘White Horse’, for example, was a track that we especially enjoyed for the slight country flavour that had been added to her signature vocal style. This also accompanied the serenity of the intimate and piano-focused melody perfectly.
But that latest track is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Phoebe Coco has brought to the table. Each and every one of her songs feel truly unique, and we feel that her discography collectively covers almost all of the main areas of indie-pop. And considering how much we love the versatility of her discography, we are thrilled to see all of these tracks come together under one project. The project in question being Phoebe Coco’s debut album, My White Horse and I.
To be clear, all of the ten tracks that can be found on My White Horse and I have been released previously. But we feel that this is a boldly smart move to make in regards to a debut project. Not only does this build of former single releases mean that Phoebe Coco has given listeners the space of over two years to familiarise themselves, and fall in love with each track on the album, but it feels like a fitting way to close the most important stage of Phoebe Coco’s musical journey.
Thanks to how Phoebe Coco has kept a consistent amount of quality with all of the tracks she has released, each of those single meld very well together on this one album, despite the tracks not being listed in any chronological order in the case of My White Horse And I.
But in a stylistic sense, we feel that these tracks were ordered quite nicely on this album, in particular the fact that we see this album close off with the slow-burning and gorgeous melody of ‘Strangeness’. We also believe that the pseudo-title track of this album felt at home as fourth in the listing.
Along with this, all of the tracks, while still all sounding unique melodically, and in the moods they create, don’t at all clash with each other on this album. Each of the songs carry that whimsical attitude that Coco brings to her music vocally, but it also feels groundingly soulful, and not too out there to affect this albums accessibility in any way. Along with this, Coco’s weapon of choice (being the piano) instrumentally binds each track together that little bit more tightly.
The music on here is enjoyable in such a universal and contemporary way. In other words, almost everyone should be able to at least appreciate an album such as My White Horse and I for it’s pure melodic splendour.
For those who have been following Phoebe Coco from day one, this debut album is a phenomenally satisfying round-up of over two years worth of releases. But if this album serves as your introductory listen of Phoebe Coco’s music, you are in for a fantastic musical journey, full to the brim with uniqueness and versatility. But it should go without saying that My White Horse and I is the perfect opportunity for new listeners to catch up on Coco’s discography.
This debut album is a marvellous showcase of how much thought, passion, and pre-meditation Phoebe Coco pumps into her craft, which much like the members of her family that influenced her, lets it be known how much of a passion her art truly is.
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