Coyol is a collision of the old Southwest and the new Los Angeles. A seemingly contradictory duo, COYOL is a beautiful juxtaposition between polished and poignant vocalist, Céleigh Champan, and unrefined, avant-garde artist, John Isaac Watters.I just love the sound, can't wait for the rest.
Chapman grew up singing country standards in the juke joints of Bakersfield, California. Her first performance was “Home On The Range” in the third grade; years later, after watching her at the Crystal Palace, Buck Owens gave his approval. Watters was born in Mexico City, raised in Tucson, and spent some of his childhood in Coyol, Veracruz. He is an artist, architect, and musician whose rare lyrical talents and fearless approach to songwriting feel both fresh and familiar.
The seed for COYOL was planted when Chapman, Watters, and keyboardist Will Gramling met in college and gathered with a group of like-minded musicians in the evenings to play old hymns and folk songs. This collective of musicians eventually disbanded into multiple projects and Watters and Chapman started writing songs together. They asked Texas native and long time friend Gramling to produce their self-titled debut EP and join them on keys...thus, Coyol was born.
In the summer of 2010, they recorded their first album, a self-titled EP on 2″ tape at the Carriage House in Silverlake, CA. Coyol will unveil each of the EP’s six tracks individually, culminating in the full release on September 6, 2011. Each song’s story unfolds uniquely and will be accompanied by imagery designed by various artist friends of the band.
You can hear the studio version here, or even download it for free.