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Pop will Love Itself

Featuring : Apostille

There’s always this weird disconnect when thinking too long about DIY pop music.  Anything DIY has always seemed destined to find small yet willing audiences.  Anything pop seems almost perverse without mass adoration.  

Yet at some point in the 80s, pop ceased to be a descriptor of sales and became a genre, allowing its tropes to be appropriated.  And not just by musicians but by equipment manufacturers with the ‘Casio presets’ and the catalogue drum machines.  

For the full pop eating itself effect see Kali Uchis’ In My Dreams.  An almost Lynchian, bubblegum pop song over what seems like a revival of early 00s Casio pop.  Complete with deadpan male backing vocal.  That Damon Albarn is responsible gets you extra Ouroborus points.  We’d write a post about it but EMI/Virgin would DMCA us faster than we can hit submit.

So we have both the method and means of production appropriated from the million dollar studios and placed in the hands of our plucky DIY heroes.  But what was missing was the hubris.  What was missing was that Diva sense of being at the centre of a universe of fans, publicists, executives and a general sense of adoration.

Which leads us to today’s track.  Apostille returns to the pages of 20JFG courtesy of the fine work of Upset the Rhythm.  And he returns with Without Me an ode to being the centre of everyone’s universe (whether they know it or not).

Apostille –  Without Me

In true alienating fashion it’s all noise and distorted vocal screams to begin with.  And also in true DIY pop music fashion it quickly gives way to a simple drum machine and synth combo that repeatedly hits you with hook after hook.  And finally, to tie this whole thing together, the lyrics focus almost entirely on Apostille’s desire to be not just the centre of his world but the literal arbiter of life and death.  the controlled of breathing, the arbiter of suicidal thoughts.  A god complex worthy of a pop star.

Without Me is taken from the (ironic / not-ironic) album Choose Life.  It’s out on June 8th and you can pre-order it right here.

Uncertified

Featuring : Apostille

LSSN034 1400X1400Today we bring you Apostille.  Who is occasionally known as Michael Kasparis.

We’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Mr Kasparis  perform live twice.  Once in the band Please (at the excellent Yes Way festival) and once in support of Group Rhoda (who released her first record on his Night School label).  On both occasions, it’s fair to say, you couldn’t keep your eyes off him.  For Kasparis live is a maelstrom of internalised occult energy straining and leaking out into the room.  Like a faulty containment tank on your nuclear reactor of choice — we were irradiated in his glow.

Today we post Apostille.  In particular, Olivia’s Eyes, a weird and winding synthpop song.

Weird in as much as it includes multiple duets, only one of which isn’t between Kasparis and himself.  The manic heckling of “do you really want to know” is perhaps the live voice we were used to but before long the two Kasparis’s are one and the creeping dread continues apace — like Throbbing Gristle in pop-infiltration mode, only more verbose.

The winding: a relentless synth melody and drum machine, seemingly set in motion to keep order and instead finding themselves mere observers of the malevolence around them.

Perfect synthpop then.

Apostille – Olivia’s Eyes

Olivia’s Eyes is taken from the album Powerless.  That’s out on Monday (27/4) on Nightschool Records.  You can get it right here.