From the perspective of someone who’s probably spent far too much time in the figurative clouds listening to ambient music, the notion of anything in the pop genre (heterogeneity appreciated) being “therapeutic,” to me, almost sounds oxymoronic.
But I suppose that’s the point. When the Vancouver, BC-based White Poppy a.k.a. Crystal Dorval uses the term “experimental therapeutic pop” to describe the psychedelic coming-together of fuzzy guitars and reverberant vocals, it’s not suppose to be complementary, even if the auditory result ultimately is. And ultimately is it! We can quibble over the inherently vague or subjective definitions of “pop” and “experimental,” but there should be no doubt as to the restorative properties of the ironically-titled “Wear Me Away,” the new single from White Poppy’s debut, self-titled LP, due September 3 on Not Not Fun. The NNF catalog tends to be conducive to toking anyway, but more for its own sake, as opposed to consoling the troubled or angst-ridden.
There’s the press release, which refers to Dorval’s quite independent “songcraft” as “deceptively vulnerable,” and then there’s the tracklisting for the album itself, which is full of allusions to a static mental anguish. It’s Camus all over again. We’re alone in the universe. Nobody really cares about you. It’s summer and I just got chocolate on my white t-shirt. Deal with it! The music might help.
White Poppy tracklisting:
01. Darkness Turns to Light
02. Wear Me Away
04. Today Tomorrow
05. Dead Night
06. Emotional Intelligence
07. Without Answers
10. Existential Angst
09.13.13 - Seattle, WA - Cairo
09.14.13 - Portland OR - Pals #
09.16.13 - Arcata, CA - Mex ‘N’ Wow !
09.17.13 - Sacramento, CA - Lowbrau (Le Twist Tuesdays)
09.18.13 - Oakland, CA - Stranded
09.19.13 - Oakland, CA - Life Changing Ministries *
09.20.13 - San Diego, CA - The Void
09.21.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Boy Manor
09.22.13 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Crossroads
* High Wolf