After festival-packed year, rising star I Blame Coco releases her debut album The Constant this week. An all-new breed of stunning synth pop thoroughbred, Coco Sumner might have gigantic choruses and a host of eighties influenced keyboard sounds at her fingertips, but there’s buckets of honest grit and acres of earnest emotion under her music’s layers of silky, sonic glamour.
Referencing the Human League, Kraftwerk, Kate Bush and the Psychedelic Furs as well as one of her contemporary favourites, The Killers, to Coco – born in 1991 – these vintage sounds were both alien and transgressive. The thought of that kind of music humming from the generic programming of popular radio excited her. Her producers – Robyn collaborator Klas Ahlund and Dan Foat, who is half of uber-hip DJ outfit Wild Geese – agreed.