The wonderfully wild and dark electronic pop trio, KOKO have released their debut EP, Follow. Completed by their latest track ‘Tell Me Do You Care’, which is the first to come with a music video from the band, the EP features their previous three singles ‘Freak’, ‘Eyes So Wide’, and title track ‘Follow’.
It’s rare to come across a band that has experienced quite the ascent KOKO have in the short three months since they were introduced to the world. Having gone from having no music released to selling out their own headline shows and amassing near to a quarter of a million streams across their first four releases alone, they’ve wasted no time with the busy release schedule they’ve been keeping to since. It’s clear they’re in a hurry to show off as much of their creation to the world as possible, and we’re all ears.
“It’s about being in a vulnerable mindset. When someone’s at their lowest and they move to drugs and alcohol to mask what they’re feeling.
Oliver Garland (vocals) Harry Dobson (bass, synth) and Ashley C (synths, lead guitar) met at a party in Bristol in 2017. All members had dabbled with music previously but came together that night over a mutual love of fusing genres. After realising that they were all on the same page, the trio set about jamming together in that hallowed place of every good indie band origin story, Oliver’s dad’s garage.
The latest addition ‘Tell Me Do You Care’ adds another element to the world of twisted electronic pop KOKO have crafted with each release. With a music video that’s equally as head spinning as the sound of the track itself, the single features slightly haunting piano melodies that perfectly compliment the intermittent pulsating bass and wide vocal textures.
“We wrote this one differently to our other tracks. We normally freestyle to beats but with ‘Tell Me Do You Care’ it started with a piano. Ollie started singing a few different things over it. We wanted this track to be beautiful before the production was required,” says Ashley C. “It’s about being in a vulnerable mindset. When someone’s at their lowest and they move to drugs and alcohol to mask what they’re feeling. The song’s title is a question that I asked myself every day when I was at my lowest…”
The EP as a body of work is full of impossibly tangible textures, with incredibly captivating production, it’s a dark and dynamic soundscape that continues to shift before you have the chance to get comfortable. A full on, aural experience.
KOKO’s Follow EP is out now.