The Derevolutions – “Cheetah”


We’ve been smitten with The Derevolutions‘ creative sample-infused pop sound for over a decade, tracing back to 2013’s single “Living in the Not World.” The Boston-based duo of Ana Karina DaCosta and Brett Boucher show a talent for melding fun pop-minded immediacy with idiosyncratic production choices, excelling with a colorful charisma that spans across rock, psychedelia, and hip-hop as well.

Releasing ahead of the duo’s sixth album, out in early 2024, “Cheetah” provides a lively exuberance in its piano-driven bounciness and dexterous vocal pace. Wordless vocal convergences and playful synths arise in the catching hook. “You’re the only living thing that ever made me cry,” Boucher’s vocals confess, with the further lyrical sentiments role-playing “a couple in the midst of an affair.”

The “don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about,” sequence culminates in the “I love someone else too,” admittance, followed by a listing of complaints. “Cheetah” proves that, even in the context of lyrical relationship strifes, The Derevolutions manage to produce a hook-filled radiance. We’re hotly anticipating their upcoming album.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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