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Following that crucial archival excavation of John Zieman’s New York City 1980-1984 recordings, NYC/Rio de Janeiro’s Confuso Editions return with a mad tape from Rio popstar-in-waiting Pedro Singery - tapping into the stuff dreampop is made of with a superb album for fans of Paddy McAloon et al
Easily one of the most puckered, pop tart debuts we’ve heard in a minute, ‘Death For Never introduces Rio de Janeiro’s Pedro Singery with a full formed, natty sound quite clearly inspired by the inventive, hauntological pop tekkers of Ariel Pink (ye ye, let’s not go there) and John Maus (again, smh) that emerged some decades ago, and equally their own influences ranging from pop-punk and new wave to video game soundtracks. It’s an instantly recognisable style, effortlessly executed and wrapped up with hooky ribbons.
Totally chiming with that John Zieman pearl, the Rio/NYC label cannily frame ‘Death For Never’ as “An anti-bossanova oddity”, which only captures half the story, as Singery’s styles speak a sort of shared childhood naivety for anyone who grew up between the ’80s and ’00s. His songs are flush with FM synth pads and drily sparky drum machine patterns that feel daft and nostalgic, but also stung with zaps of mumbly lyrical pathos in lines “I’m so fucking depressed with you” on the standout ‘Daylight Clubbers.’
One to watch this label.