This fixation translates into inventive songs that combine the sun-kissed sparkle of classic pop harmonies with head-swimming trippiness and a few forays into thundering fuzz. She and Wilson played all of the parts themselves. “He had a recording set-up in his parents’ basement,” Jalbert explains of the sessions. “His mom and dad cooked us dinner pretty much every time. It was very much a family affair.” Wilson captured the songs using his vintage console, which — if rumours are to be believed — may have been used on some Steely Dan recordings back in the day. The pair worked slowly, their overlapping schedules meaning that they were only able to record periodically.
“We had such intertwined lives, because we were both working at the same record shop, and he was working on the days I had off,” Jalbert remembers. “We could record on Tuesday afternoons, that was the only time we had. And if one of us didn’t have a free Tuesday, we couldn’t record that week.” Eventually, they logged enough Tuesdays to finish Cosmic Troubles, which captures the warmth of the Summer of Love along with an eclectic sense of anything-goes adventurousness. Opener “Acid” finds Jalbert renouncing hallucinogens after a bad trip, but the wah-laced fretwork suggests that she might still be feeling some of the drug’s after-effects.
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