Let’s just take a second to look into Cuco’s recent pop history: a dreamy collab with Clairo (‘Touch’). A tour with Kali Uchis (see them perform Kali’s ‘Tyrant’ on YouTube) and frequent shout-outs from Empress Of in interviews around her Us LP. Without hearing a note, we know we’re in the best of company here.
The music, though? It’s more than a match. Cuco (Omar Banos to family and friends) makes charm-laden lo-fi Cali-pop that straddles genre with carefree ease. It’s the sound of hazy backyard parties, all mismatched sun-chairs, half-deflated paddling pools and icy beers. It’s decidedly and wonderfully non-London. Check ‘Touch’, check the lame-car lament of ‘CR-V’ and the psychedelics- tinged rap of ‘Lucy’ on his 2018 Chiquito EP and when you’re there you’ll find ‘Dontmakemefallinlove’ and you might never listen to anything else again… until his 2019 record drops, at least.