New song: Connor McCoy – Effort

‘Effort’ from Salt Lake City’s Connor McCoy is a barren landscape. A landscape so bare that any sighting becomes magnified, dust blowing in the air, a figure in the distance. With just an electronic keyboard, a whirring synth and a soaring vocal, McCoy channels Carrie and Lowell-era Sufjan Stevens raising the hairs on the back of our neck with unflinching, raw emotion. The vocoder-like lilt of McCoy’s voice draws comparison with James Blake’s debut album, particularly Lindisfarne I. An engrossing microcosm, ‘Effort’ barely stretches beyond the 90 second mark yet the question posed by McCoy’s final line, ‘I’m giving you up so easy’ lingers well beyond the running time.

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