After a steady stream of well-received dance-pop singles, British queer band COMANAVAGO (pronounced “come and have a go”) reveal the repackaged Deluxe Edition of their debut indie album Heart Failure – now re-released as an expanded experience via Ultra Music.
Originally sharing the eleven-track collection in 2020, the duo – comprised of Ben Dunkerley (they/them) and Gabe Swarbrick (he/she/they) – injects new life into Heart Failure by way of eight new songs, as an overall celebration of standing out from the crowd via authentic self-expressions.
Heart Failure Deluxe comes through as a stellar debut, combining catchy pop gems with an alternative electro slant. Offsetting energetic dance anthems like “Annihilation” and “Playboy” with queer rave moments like “Dreams (Nightmare Mix)” and slinky pop numbers “Rains”, “Angel” and “All I Want”, COMANAVAGO’s dynamic and eccentric sounds go deeper via the Y2K pop vibes of “In Love” and funky soul-electro in “Do What You Like” for a highly cohesive, polished body of work.
Meanwhile, COMANAVAGO shine further across Heart Failure Deluxe’s genrebending new entries. After an acclaimed, viral cover of Sylvester’s ‘70s disco classic “You Make Me Feel” with Solardo (2M+ streams), lead single “Leave Him” offers an irresistible concoction of retro guitar licks, dramatic synth moments and sassy vocal growls, whereas final single “Crush” explores the rush of intimacy across punching drums and jagged synths.
Album cuts “Body Talk 2.0” and “Giving Me Love” indulge audiences deeper into the duo’s queer rave sound, but the commercial dance-pop sensibilities of “On and On” and “Meat” prove COMANAVAGO keep their finger on the pulse of in-demand talents; “On and On” is helmed with Spotify Pride cover artist Tsatsamis and “Meat” enlists Canadian dance sensation and Apple Music ‘Up Next’ artist Rêve.
Turning heads with gender-fluid, high-fashion femme looks, COMANAVAGO have begun generating considerable buzz amongst those ‘in the know’ across London’s underground community, with the duo flying the flag for those who choose to unapologetically live honestly.
Initially meeting while studying for their degrees in Creative Music Technology, Ben and Gabe bonded over a shared love of influential electronic band Nero and old dubstep. With revolutionary pop icons like Lady Gaga, Prince, Charli XCX and SOPHIE serving as their main influences, COMANAVAGO channels these core inspirations into newfound, dynamic methods for their own signature brand of
unconventional yet credible pop gems.
With press support for the duo coming in hot from the likes of Attitude Magazine,Rolling Stone, ENFNTS TERRIBLES, Official Charts, CULTR, The Q Review and Yass Magazine, COMANAVAGO have also received extensive support across DSPs via Emerging Electronic, Late Night Electronic and Dance 2022 and New Dance Friday on Spotify as well as Electric Disco on Amazon Music; alongside major airplay from the likes of Jack Saunders on his BBC Radio 1 Future Sounds show.
Undeniably knocking on the doors of stardom, COMANAVAGO’s mission to bring back this lost aura devoid of gender norms, cultural inhibitions and the ultimate desire to be your true self, the pop landscape has been waiting for an act like COMANAVAGO to break through.