Guest Singer compose dark party songs; anti-motivational anthems for the post-truth generation. A Lynch-esque murkiness inhabits the world of the Doncaster art pop collective, who dexterously peel back the façade of the everyday to reveal the eerie in the intimately familiar. Taut pop hooks, glitchy bass lines, new wave guitar stabs and electronic dance are soaked in the combustible elegance of their delivery.
Inhibitions dissolved, this is the bravest and most playful body of work Guest Singer have produced to date. But with great pop comes existential responsibility.
Latest EP ‘Divine Psychic Hotline’ drops an aspirin into the murky waters of online mediums and sits back as the interplay between the private and the personal, empathy and commerce violently fizz like a lurid antidote in a hammy b-movie. Contemplating the emotional driftwood, Jake Cope (singer / lyricist) found himself caught in the role of online voyeur: “The EP was cooked up as a result of watching a lot of Facebook Live mediums. I found myself drawn to the process of it all, how it was delivered on the platform and the system of star payments. The amount of people commenting and HOW they were commenting fascinated me. It was clear that people were hurting and seeking any form of reassurance, guidance or hope. The amount of pain prevalent in the world is overwhelming. But reassurance comes at a price and even kindness needs paying for. I can’t be angry at the mediums, everyone has to eat and I saw similarities in what we as artists are offering and how that is used”.