A beguilingly bittersweet set of tracks, Sign In is softly playful on the surface, yet fails to hide a constricting fear of online existence, relationships that only occur via the glow of a screen and an inability to ever log out. It is inspired by early-Internet nostalgia and the music that goes with it: French electronic pop, slow jams and occasional dancehall flavour. That Liot and Débarre were split between Paris and London during large sections of making it only heightens the sense of disconnect that they poignantly rail against.
“These are some of the most vulnerable songs we’ve written. They all stem from personal experience somehow: breakups, frustration, self-doubt. And above all, loneliness” the pair say. “It’s about addictions, including social networks, platforms, screens. We’ve been left with screens too long, sometimes it feels like we’re closer to them than we are to the people we care about.”
Begun in Margate in 2019, developed in a series of emails, WhatsApp messages, zoom meetings, zip files on WeTransfer, even the occasional Eurostar trip, the EP was finally completed in an ad hoc studio beneath a bakery in Paris during the interminable lockdowns of the past year. With a breezy, groovy realism, Evergreen cut through the compression and depression of a digitally degraded world, find the colour and the light, the humour and the melody, the building blocks of love, life and friendship that survive the turmoil.