Cuco Pays Tribute to Late Grandfather on New Single “Pendant”

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In a heartfelt dedication to his late grandfather, Cuco’s newest single “Pendant” is a visceral experience of the experience of losing a loved one. Unlike his beginnings among the bedroom-pop wave of artists that went on to define modern day pop music in the span of five years, “Pendant” continues a change in musicality that started with this year’s Fantasy Getaway. Rather than utilizing the confines previously set early on in his career, Cuco utilizes a complete ensemble of instruments, the likes of which elevate the song to new heights for the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.


What’s most striking about the track is how much it bears more resemblance to psychedelic and progressive rock bands of years past than Cuco’s contemporaries. Starting with a rather slow piano and vocals of a forlorn baritone, there seems to be an acceptance of what’s to come in his voice as Cuco laments over the last goodbye. “Forgot to reminisce / But don’t forget to say goodbye,” he sings before a jazzy saxophone and violin combination take center stage and transition like a spirit entering heaven. The latter half of the track is a complete psychedelic trip through what sounds like the afterlife in one of Cuco’s most mature moments of his career.


“Pendant” feels much more like a necessary artistic statement than anything else in his discography. When speaking about the creation of the single, he said “I started to write pendant while my grandpa was still alive and after his passing, I felt like I had to finish the song for him.” Even without a full understanding of his career, there’s no doubt that this song is something which marks his growth as an artist.

Words: David Sosa

Listen to Cuco’s new single “Pendant” on all streaming services. For new music and future tour dates, follow Cuco on Instagram and YouTube.

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