Got a new one this morning from Toronto’s Fiver, lead by songwriter Simone Schmidt. Anchored by a toothsome bassline and ripple of piano, “Paid In Pride’s” disco fallout and building chaos chart the emotional turmoil of a trophy wife and the internal conflict of proximity to unscrupulous actors who wield power as they see fit. Schmidt’s smoke ring vocals encircle the track, dancing among the tension and beauty that they and the band lay down, elegance sliced to ribbons by the skitter of hi-hats and the heart pound of drums in the throat. The band includes Nick Dourado (lap steel, piano, vibes, sax), and Jeremy Costello (synths, bass, voice), who are best known for their work with Beverly Glenn Copeland of late, and they bring their effortless complexity to “Paid in Pride’s” acetylene creep. The record is out May 7th from You’ve Changed.
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