DESIRE - DESIRE (Red) Vinyl LP
esire’s self-titled debut is a smouldering ache — saturnine synthesized pop about heartbreak & infinite longing, late nights by the telephone & break-up letters smeared by tears. Do you think this feeling can last forever? Beautiful girls & beautiful boys borrow cars and hit the road. “I lay awake all night long,” Megan Louise sings on the sprawling, forlorn “If I Can’t Hold You”, a blue cry of regret. “Sometimes it hurts so bad/I just don’t know what to do.” Desire is melancholic pop grandeur — the soundtrack to new love that feels like the end of the world.
Johnny Jewel discovered singer Megan Louise performing at a club in Montreal. So transfixed was he by her voice that he elected to mirror his Portland Suite 304 studio and create a second recording room in Quebec. With the addition of Jewel’s longtime collaborator Nat Walker (Chromatics, Symmetry) on drums & synthesizer, the part-American, part-French Canadian band was born. “Desire is what you find in your immediate surroundings, your relationships with the people you love,” Jewel says of the project and how it compares to other acts on the Italians Do It Better label. “It’s not outer space and it’s not your loss — it’s the way you move through the world with other people.”