PleasureFaces (front) and Galacticat (back) are Calico Club.
, the SA-turned-Corpus Christi duo comprised of producer Galacticat and vocalist PleasureFaces, crafts seedy and arty club music for the dispossessed, dark yet dapper ditties for the dancing depressed. With a punk attitude and a knack for mystery, this pair is soundtracking the slow-dawning apocalypse, racing into the unknown future with hunger and pluck on its side.
The duo’s debut EP, 2014‘s Permanent Night
, was among our favorite local releases the year it came out, and for good reason. The brief debut’s noir energy is laced with alternate proclamations of empowerment and abandon, perfectly mirroring the club scene for which it was created. With the video for EP standout “King of the Streets,”
made in collaboration with the rad dance/music/art/fashion collective House of Kenzo, PleasureFaces played the role of the titular king, running shit like a boss.
Plus: the duo's live shows are immersive, audio-visual experiences, sensual and sensational (in a hip and understated kind of way, of course). And, well, generally speaking, we think Calico Club is pretty damn badass.
Which is why we are as stoked as anyone that the outfit dropped its latest effort, the Your Body and the Beat EP
, online Thursday.
'Your Body and the Beat' album art
The new material, the pair's first official release since 2014, finds Calico Club picking up right where it left off: some refined and thumping nowhere that's everywhere we wanna go. If Permanent Night
was about setting the mood, plumbing the eternal darkness of the club searching for magic, then Your Body and the Beat
is all about getting down to bare essentials. In five tracks filled with longing, love, lust, hubris, humility, and defiance, Calico Club focuses in, much in the way desire can generate a remarkable single-mindedness, on the fundamental elements of its own intoxicating journey.
Favorite track so far: the booming extended trip of "Red Chandelier."
Check out the EP below and keep an eye out for the Club to return home for a celebratory show of some sort soon.