Los Angeles singer-songwriter and producer Cuco has released his first bit of new music since last year’s collaboration with fellow bedroom pop phenom Clairo for the song ‘Drown.’

Vaporous yet comforting, his latest offering titled ‘Hydrocodone,’ is an assuaging hypnogogic concoction of 808s and synth, deliberately weaved together by determination and an agonizing life experience. Though the song in its entirety has been in the works for the past two years, Cuco’s lyrics are embracingly candid and of a certain time and place that cannot be replicated. In fact, following an ugly car accident that he and his band was involved in, ‘Hydrocodone’ was written while Cuco was recovering and under the haze of prescribed pain killers—hence the song’s title.

Cuco, whose birth name is Omar Banos, is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who has become a burgeoning name since the release of his debut album back n 2016. Though the beats, moods and soundscapes he creates are nothing earth-shattering and of another dimension, his product is always crisp, palpable and most importantly, reflective of the emotion(s) he aims to convey.

On ‘Hydrocodone,’ Cuco croons about heartbreak but then parallels it to the injuries sustained from the aforementioned car accident. Lyrics in mind, the producer reflects the above sentiment through a sound that is colored with pain and a drug-addled state.

Though Cuco has yet to announce his next record, expect more material on the way. In the meantime, follow this rising talent on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and make sure to catch Cuco on tour at the following venues and dates:

26 May | All Points East, London
29 May | Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES
17 June | U Street, Washington, D.C.
19 June | Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
20 June | Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
21 June | Firefly Festival, Dover, NY
22 June | Machaca Festival, Monterrey, MX
25 June | The Basement, Columbus, OH
26 June | The Opera House, Toronto, ON
27 June | Electric Forest Festival, Rothbury, MI
28 June | Metro, Chicago, IL
29 june | Old Rock House, St Louis, MO
1 July | Encore at Uptown, Kansas City, MO
2 July | Tower Theater, Oklahoma City, OK
3 July | Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
5 July | White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
6 July | Emo's, Austin, TX
7 July | Sunset Station, San Antonio, TX
19 July | Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
20 July | Venue, Vancouver, BC
21 July | Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, WA
24 July | The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
25 July | Soma, San Diego, CA
26 July | Fox Theater, Pomona, CA
27 July | The Novo, Los Angeles, CA

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