If you’ve been following JOVM for the past year or so, you may have come across a couple of posts on the duo of Baby Alpaca. Comprised of singer/songwriter Chris Kittrell and guitarist Zach McMillan, the duo have received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere for a hazy and haunting guitar pop sound paired with plaintive vocals, that has drawn comparisons to the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen, and the Smiths.
However, the duo’s latest single “Roller Coaster” reflects a radical change in sonic direction; in fact, unlike their previously released material, “Roller Coaster” employs an increasing use of synths and drums paired with Kittrell’s vocals expressing both vulnerability and urgent, carnal need. The song may be the most sensual song the duo has ever released – and honestly, to my ears, the song bears more of a resemblance to contemporary R&B than to indie rock. In some way, this may be the most interesting development from this duo as they’re setting up to release their anticipated full-length debut.