Much applauded duo Benoit & Sergio are back with a release on Boston-based Soul Clap Records, and it’s suited perfectly to the current season’s change. Known for offerings with more concept behind them than your average production, there’s undeniable credibility to the pair’s claims about this EP. “Informed by a sense of loss detected in very small moments” such as “a night walking home, or listening to a song by a friend”, the way they’ve mingled upbeat production with more forlorn lyrics drives home their message from the very first listen.
Opening track ‘Dancing Shoes’ simmers and broods over a funky beat. Cool and unhurried, the essence Benoit & Sergio claim to be reaching for is struck flawlessly, as melancholic chords mixed with a jiving, plucky guitar line conjures the spirit of good times fading to memory.
Title track ‘Old Streets’ is weightier, with a warm analogue sound carrying its narrative. Reminding us of the best moments from other electro/pop crossover acts such Hot Chip, a subtle layered development below the vocal provides the momentum.
Clarian’s remix maintains the original’s pop sensibilities, as delayed guitars combine with swelling chords, and even further effected vocals. It’s spacier, more ethereal, and introduces more complex synth patterns, as the producer enjoys the canvas ‘Dancing Shoes’ provides for some playful top line work. The final track, a dub of Clarian’s remix, is a nice addition, completing a release that shows Benoit & Sergio at their best: wistful longing wrapped around shimmering, retro warmth.