Seemingly ‘the most underrated band in the UK’, since 2013 London based Dream-Pop combo The Death Of Pop, founded by brothers Angus and Oliver James with the recent arrival of Thom James and Amy Hurford, have moulded over the years a sonically enthralling and immersive pop foray with seamless distinctive melodic sensibility, built on creative multifaceted nuances, emotive depth, and genuine soul.
On a thriving foundation of shimmery early 90s-tinged Shoegaze and mid-80s Jangly Indie Pop, the band has developed and distilled its elegant, dream-draped and spell-crafting songwriting allure through an eclectic atmospheric distillation of rich, yet never redundant, sonic elements (Psych, Funk, Baroque Pop, Indie Rock), with a flowing and smooth interaction between synthetic and organic instrumentation, cross-navigating multiple decades, often bordering on electronic swirling inebriations from early UK New Wave/Synth-Pop, at times braced by captivating 60s Beach-Boys/Beatles-like vocal harmonies.
Following last year’s brilliant album “Seconds”, The Death of Pop is going to drop the abundant 8-track EP “For a Minute” EP on September 23rd, in Cassette & Digital formats, co-released by Hidden Bay Records and Discos de Kirlian.
The latest and second preview, “Record High”, is laced with poetic lyrics that describe a spiritual reckoning where hope builds for the future by burning the bridges to the past.
Slightly reminds me of some bygone Tears For Fears moody inflexions, or even the Don Henley of “The Boys of Summer”, the bittersweet “Record High” pulsates wistfully on a murky hypnotic carpet of pounding drum beats and a stuttering percolating bassline, coated by slow flashing layers of droning synth swirls and luring emotional ridden swells of glistening echoey guitar flitters, whilst angsty airy breaths and shining celestial haloes drop comfort and pain into an intoxicating flow of future perceptions.
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