Information is a dramatic leap forward; with it, Eliot Sumner is well on her way to establishing herself as one of the great musicians, lyricists and songwriters of our time. Gordon Sumner is up there with Reginald Dwight and Paul David Hewson in terms of Trivial Pursuit zingers.

Can't keep up with happenings around town? Eliot Sumner, FKA I Blame Coco, makes a long awaited return with her second album "Information". And I had no idea it was sitting on my hard drive until last month. If you’re already saying — um, but what about streaming?

He's marketing writer by day for Sudden Monkey. Yes, that Sumner: Her father is Sting, frontman of the Police and a solo superstar, winner of … It gets more and more awesome the deeper it seeps into my soul. The cover art was no help, for a moment I thought Eliot might be Kim Deal in pseudonym or one of those gorgeously androgynous runway models.

Back then, Prince did few interviews and even the ones he did were maddening in their cloudiness. An Herculean beast of epic proportions, brimming with tenebrous New Wave and brawny electronic Rock that harkens the greats of the 1980's. Copyright © 1981-2020 Austin Chronicle Corp. All rights reserved. More than simply husky, the vocals provide a kind of delicious vulnerability, her dark minimalism acting as a perfect companion to the album’s instrumentation. Eliot Sumner sounds nothing like Prince but reminds me of just how fucking fantastic it was to be a Prince fan in the early 1980s. #lovewins. After one listen, I promptly rushed out and bought the CD. Taking the stage on a made-to-order ACL Fest Friday afternoon in Zilker Park – to little fanfare and with an unassuming trio backing her – she paused only for briefly for “Hello, Austin, how ya feeling?” and stepped directly into “Come Friday,” from her second album (and first under her own name) Information. Ultimately, then, they can either embrace the familial influence and endure lifelong comparisons, or they can run in the opposite direction by aggressively rejecting the previous generation. Eliot Sumner Album Review: Information After a slow tinkling of keys, the atmospheric brooding of album opener “Dead Arms and Dead Legs” from Eliot Sumner’s full length Information sweeps like a dire warning.“All my fears become alive” she sings, the refrain setting a stage for what is to come before breaking into an electronic storm-cloud of feedback. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. Vaal is Coco, and Coco, who is back with a new album and an American tour, is now working under yet another name — her real, legal birth name: Eliot Sumner. With a beer in hand, an honest smile and a light soul, Eliot Sumner welcomed the audience to her Information set Thursday night at Schubas Tavern.. Her sophomore album Information comes as a stunning maturation of her music, a collection of bold, genre-bending tunes, with Sumner glitching, humming and grinding her way to a truly powerful record. His Popdose beats include new releases (reviews, interviews), box sets and reissues, and Gender Nation X (coloring outside gender's rigid lines). Sumner is almost gothic in her approach to songwriting, which leads to some very creative exploration of genres. Back to my story — there is a moment when you realize you are listening to something truly special, something fresh, something exciting, something that will likely ascend to its place on your list of the all time greats. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands. Sumner’s last album, 2010’s The Constant, was critically panned; in the interim, he has shed her initial moniker (I Blame Coco), supported the likes of Lykke Li, and done some heavy revising of her sound. She may not be as shamelessly crowd-pleasing as her father, but her music will linger just as long in the collective memory. Oct. 1, 2016 He didn’t tweet his every thought. For starters, I was blessed to listen to this a good five times before realizing Eliot’s last name was not SUMMER; but once I added that iconic “n” to the mix, some the puzzle pieces fit together while a few thousand more fell to the floor. Was he straight or gay? !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? Support the Chronicle, One click gets you all the newsletters listed below, Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events. She has the (traditionally) first name of a boy and the middle name of a girl (Paulina); she went by a different name, Coco, on her last album and now cashes in her iconic family surname, one that neither her famous father or mother use. Information sounds like a musical kaleidoscope of some of my other all-time favorite records: Lykke Li (Wounded Rhymes), Peter Gabriel (So), The Police (Synchronicity) and Gotye (Making Mirrors); every time I play it, I hear something new. Sumner provides her own lush take on moody electronic rock, and rather than feeling pretentious, these songs are genuine, and masterfully executed. 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); © All rights reserved. And although the album is definitely, indisputably dark, it’s still energetic. Next week, I will spotlight amazing new records by two shoegaze supergroups: Minor Victories and onDeadWaves. Being transgender myself, I am all for doing away with traditional gender roles and barriers. Her voice was closer to Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds on the Coco record, but now the deep, rich huskiness of her alto is setting in to provide ample depth, mystery and beauty to her intoxicating soundscapes. Daily Coronavirus Briefing. “Let My Love Lie on Your Life” injected anthemic drama into her aesthetic, while the cascading keyboards of “After Dark” built to a rhythmic explosion. Sumner removed her bass for near-apocalyptic closer “Species,” unleashing her voice in full, smoldering urgency. 10/10. ACL Review: Eliot Sumner Sting’s bass-playing daughter proves equally compelling By Michael Toland, 9:15AM, Sat. — I say you are killing the music industry, but hey, who am I to stop you from reading this?

And her last album too.

For the 26-year-old Londoner who looks intensely like her parent down to the way her mouth rounds when she’s singing, it’s been about letting the chips fall where they may. Album Review: Eliot Sumner – Information. Such are the perils of being a music blogger with an overactive downloads folder. Eliot Sumner, daughter of Gordon “Sting” Sumner, chooses a third option. Can you imagine a Hollywood without Michael Douglas, Angelina Jolie, Colin Hanks, Josh Brolin or even pre-meltdown Charlie Sheen? As a whole, the album is nuanced; individually, the songs are flawlessly written, dark explorations of 80s genres.

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