Since their start in early 2014, Victoria synth-pop group Croatia have solidified themselves as a household name in the city, playing shows on a near-monthly basis and landing themselves gigs alongside Gang Signs and Mesa Luna. Back in 2015 they released their debut two-track EP, but have since focused their energy on songwriting and developing their sound as a live unit. Until now.
Finally, almost two years after their EP, the band has released “Backseat” as their first single off a nameless upcoming album.
The track is more assertive as a dance tune than their first two releases. And unlike some electronic groups whose sound loses presence in the recording process, Croatia’s studio version of “Backseat” only magnifies the many layers of synths, guitars, and vocals that are so vivid in their live sets. It starts off with a melodic sample that resonates a Flume track, and once the drums comes in and Tash’s sultry vocals take over, you’re immersed in a dark and ferocious beat—which is exactly what we love about Croatia.