Feature: The Anatomy of ‘Sweet Talking' with Conor Barton from Mosquito Coast

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dynamic duo Mosquito Coast recently unveiled their majestic new single 'Sweet Talking'. With an album currently in the works, we're super excited to see what the Perth duo have up their sleeves. Until then, Conor from Mosquito Coast takes us through the story behind 'Sweet Talking'.

We wrote ’Sweet Talking’... in fragments. Naomi came up with the initial guitar part, but we didn’t really know what to do with it. The basic instrumentation came together while on a writing trip, but the majority of what you hear in the final track was written last minute in the studio. The lyrics were pulled together from two different songs to make one - I realised I was talking about the same thing but from different angles.

The story behind ’Sweet Talking' is... one of me contemplating what I want out of a relationship. The verses depict the fast-paced and exciting whirlwinds that you often experience during the early phases of a relationship. The chorus, in contrast, asks what you really want from a relationship and whether it’s worth it.

My/our favourite lyric is... "Luxe in love, heart of gold / left my mark and I'm quickly sold". Looking back at writing this lyric makes me laugh because I am so idealistic sometimes. It shows that you always see the best in people in the beginning.

It was made... with a really DIY set up. We recorded the demo using GarageBand while on a writing trip in a holiday town an hour south of Perth. Almost a year later, we recorded it properly in New York at Rare Book Room Studios. Because of this, we wanted to keep some of the lo-fi crunch and noisiness in the end result. It’s still a garage pop track at heart.

Our main inspiration was... David Byrne's urgency and Kim Gordon's level of cool.

It sounds best when... played loud and in the open, maybe in a car that’s driving fast.

Listen to 'Sweet Talking' by Mosquito Coast below:

You can catch Mosquito Coast live at the below shows:
16th February - Mountain Goat Valley Crawl, Brisbane QLD
17th February - The Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast QLD
21st February - Henry’s Rooftop, Manly NSW
22nd February - The Chippo Hotel, Sydney NSW
23rd February - The Cambridge Hotel (Back Room), Newcastle NSW
28th February - Perth Festival’s Chevron Gardens, Perth WA (w/ Beach House)
8th March - Cats @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA
9th March - The Gasometer (Upstairs), Melbourne VIC
Tickets and more information is available here