Louise Aubrie Saves the Best for “Last” on New Single
The paradox is clear. “Last” is the first single from Louise Aubrie’s forthcoming Long Player Antonio—and with good reason. It does everything a leadoff single’s supposed to do to build anticipation for an album which, in this case, is slated to drop on October 15.
It builds momentum. It sustains the momentum. And it doesn’t let you go, as a listener, until the final note, when you’re all but begging for more of the hook, a verse, the instrumentation—or something.
“Last” is like a rollercoaster ride that’s one sheer drop. The song comes in with high energy and doesn’t let up until it’s completed. It’s the type of tune that could’ve packed the dance floor in the ‘50s or the 80’s, as well as today. It’s spurred by a laudatory performance from drummer Andy Woodard, who also puts it down on the bass.
Actually, it’s a toss up between those two instruments for imbuing the cut with the most verve. The breakdowns on the drums rocket the listener between the song’s transitions, while the bass simply takes over during the first two verses with a catchy, danceable groove that’s unambiguously infectious.
Aubrie makes the most of these moments with a voice whose strength is it’s strength, if you can imagine that. Her vocal fortitude notwithstanding, she summons her best melodies when she’s doubling and possibly tripling up on her tracks with background harmonies that heighten the fun while she’s searching for Antonio, who can’t fail to be a worthy fellow with his name decorating this number (and adorning the title of the album).
It’s at these points in the piece in which Aubrie’s vocal production shines through that Roger Joseph Manning Jr.’s keyboard follows suit most effectively, creating the sunbeams Aubrie festoons with her phrasing. Interestingly enough, the cut’s title is an abridgement of the hook in which the singer chants “at last”, which one suspects is another nod to the elusive Antonio.
With Frank Horovitch and Boz Boorer rounding out the cast on the guitars, its clear Aubrie’s assembled the right team for a number that will be arduous for anyone not to like. Only time—and the next single—will reveal if the rest of the album will be this good. But as “Last” (which Carrot Bone Records is releasing on May 28th) indicates, it should certainly be worth the wait.