Vesuvia Solo is the avant-pop project of Montréal natives, Cameron Maclean and Thom Gillies, former bassist of TOPS. Their full-length debut Favours came out last week and nods to 70s lounge music and gilded pop sensibilities in equal measure, a foundation that stalwarts like Ariel Pink and newcomers such as Connan Mockasin and fellow Montréal-native, Sean Nicholas Savage, have built entire careers on.
The standout from the album is the shimmering ‘Avion’, a delicate and whimsical pop song. The schmaltzy vocals and catchy harmony is interspersed by equally mawkish conversation, which seems cribbed from the dialogue out of a Lichtenstein painting – it fills the song with a nostalgic and smoky atmosphere reminiscent of the dingy nightclub that it is seemingly set in. An earworm if there ever was – don’t fight; embrace its spectral glow.