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 originally 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.
The holidays have passed and to start off 2015, the duo released a rather movie-like official video which manages to capture the dark sensuality at the heart of the song. The video follows what appears to be commune that follows a rather bizarre ritual that includes sex and possibly a human sacrifice.