Last year, St. Lucia released two EPs, Closer Than This and September which wound up on this site’s Honorable Mention List for 2012. But perhaps more important for me (and perhaps for you as well, reader) is that St. Lucia had two of the better sets I had seen last year. St. Lucia, a.k.a. Jean-Philip Grobler and his backing band will be on the road yet again – of course, like a lot of indie acts, they’ll be down at SXSW, followed by stops in Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; Raleigh, NC; Boston, MA; Governors Ball; and last but not least, the Firefly Festival in Dover, DE.
Just before St. Lucia is about to play SXSW, they had enlisted CHVRCHES to remix “Before the Dive” off Closer Than This. The CHVRCHES adds bigger, muscular and more emphatic 808/boom bap drums. The atmospherics of the original are replaced with a club banging swagger – and yet, the sweeping emotional urgency of the song is still there.