Premiere: Listen to Fortunes' R&B-infused second EP, Jacket
The release follows up from their mellow debut EP, Hoodie.
With an intoxicating R&B-entwined sound, Melbourne duo Fortunes have returned with their second EP, the charming Jacket. It follows up from last year's Hoodie EP, which saw the duo, comprised of vocalist Connor McCabe and beat-maker Barnaby Matthews, indulge in a real mellow, trap sound with rolling snare lines and heavy 808s, particularly on the opening single Keeper. With Jacket, the trap overtones are still slightly present, particularly in Angel, which sees McCabe's light vocals glide over a stripped-out beat, largely comprising of an orchestral-sounding synth and delicate snare. Justin Bieber, the single that first introduced EP last month, sees the duo take on a traditional R&B vibe, with a bouncy bass-line that dominates over soft synth chords and percussion. Bomber, the single that opens the EP, is the most polished single from the release, with a refined, 808-soaked beat blending with McCabe's harmonic vocal melody, which unexpectedly switches up into a darker, bass-dominated tone just after the three minute mark. Ending with the blissful take Energy, the Jacket EP blends soft and sultry R&B tones with stripped-back, finely-calibrated melodies to produce something unique and inviting from the Melbourne duo, in a way that seems untouched by the rest of the triple j 'buzz-band' ensemble. Listen to the full EP via SoundCloud below.