Longtime TBE readers will recognize Son Step, which gives you a starting point for the new solo project by member Jon Coyle. But “Fun & Levitating”, the debut single from his upcoming Happy Place EP, is a slightly different beast. While Coyle’s music doesn’t fully divert from the electronic-indebted folk styling of Son Step, it does find him reprioritizing those elements, favoring delicate layering and meditative rondos over more traditional song structures. It’s a musical smorgasbord with dashes of Fleet Foxes, CAN, ambient, krautrock, lofi drone, and even Indian ragas, and Coyle’s velvety overlapping vocals melting all those influences together into something a little bit more. But despite all the lush singing, this doesn’t feel like a song to sing along to – it feels like a song to get lost in. Dreamy Sunday mornings just found their new favorite soundtrack.
If you want to re-explore Son Step, start with “Sweet Wife Life” from VINYL MOON Volume 015: Taking Shapes.