Eugene Cho, Dan Balis and Adeline Michele.
ESCORT is big. Literally. Enjoying accolades ranging from the New York Times to Pitchfork, the disco orchestra features an incredible cast of musicians including founders/producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, and fronted by lead singer Adeline Michèle. Performing in a variety of powerful party line-ups, the band performs live from a core 5-piece (with Adeline on bass) to a 10+ member extravaganza.
Escort burst on to the scene in 2006 with a string of critically acclaimed 12"s that included future classics "Starlight" and "All Through The Night", both DJ staples that get still get plenty of play on dancefloors. As DJs nursed their electro-clash hangover with a seemingly never ending stream of disco edits, Escort stood out, in part, by creating dance music the old fashioned way: with impeccable production, musicianship, and songwriting.
The following several years saw them bring the same uncompromising approach to their live show. In an era where dance music is dominated by samples and computers, Escort took a sprawling ensemble to the stage and developed a reputation as one of New Yorks most compelling live acts, capable of performing their elaborate recordings note for note. Late last year, Escort released their first taste of the new record: "Cocaine Blues", a loose reinterpretation of the 1976 Dillinger classic that received rave reviews and quickly became an underground sensation, building even more anticipation for what's to come.
Escorts long awaited self-titled debut LP was released January 31, 2012. The entire album is steeped in the venerable tradition of clublands holy trinity New York, Chicago, and Detroit but it seems particularly reminiscent of mutant-pop luminaries such as Kid Creole and the Coconuts and Ian Dury, who somehow managed to translate their sardonic sensibilities to the dance-floor. And by embracing the legacy of these forward-thinking but classic acts, they have yet managed to create something strikingly new.
The LPs opener Chameleon is a perfect example: a three-act play about the French serial impostor Frederic Bourdin, set to a beat thats equal parts Thriller and the Tom Tom Club. The tracks, Make Me Over and Why oh Why seem to explore the lost possibilities of another era, rather than simply trying to re-create it. The 1937 standard A Sailboat in the Moonlight is twisted into a lost August Darnell classic. The album also includes the definitive versions of their 12 DJ releases which have been remixed, remastered, rearranged, and re-recorded specially for the LP to complete an album with absolutely no filler.
Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears recently described Escort as the best disco youve ever heard. He just might be right.
Source: Girlie Action PR, 2013.