Everything from the fabulous Courettes nods to the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll — their vintage instruments, their fashionable clothing, their old school cover art, their videos inspired by those of their heroes from a bygone era, but most importantly their 60’s girl group-echoing music. So it seems obvious that the new (third) full-length album by the Brazilian/Danish garage rock duo is called Back In Mono. Their previous work was already good, but with these 14 new original tracks – all killer – Flávia & Martin Couri outdo themselves. This is soulful fuzzy garage rock with hints of surf and doo-wop, with great playing and great vocals, with bells and harmony woohoos, with handclaps and screams, in an irresistible Phil Spector sound. The structure of the LP is balanced, with mainly dancers but also some tearjerkers. You really shouldn’t miss a song, but please pay extra attention to R.I.N.G.O., a tribute to Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr, which was also released separately on vinyl 7″ on the same day as the album.
Back In Mono is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Damaged Goods.
UPDATE: On May 27, 2022, Damaged Goods released a 10″ mini-album featuring outtakes and re-recorded B-sides from the Back In Mono sessions, eight songs that are a valuable and fun addition.