March 24, 2022

Anton Barbeau: Power Pop​!​!​!

Psych-pop veteran Anton Barbeau is not a fan of being tied down to a particular genre. If anything, being stuck a particular niche is artistically limiting and it only fans of your music more of the same, basically making the same record all over again. He named his latest Power Pop!!!, a genre that is prone to nitpicking and in-fighting since the late '60s and early '70s. Barbeau does offer the hooks, the melodies and throws the occasional nod to boy-meets-girl storytelling, but he goes out on a limb to show off his impressive palette of influences, whether it is garage rock, New Wave, electro-pop (Free, Running On The Edge Of The Knife) or even Dylan - he goes as far as to mimic his vocals in The Drugs.

Power Pop!!! is filled with twists and turns, offering a cornupia of licks and samples (a very un-power pop thing to do). He is on a roll right now, brimming with ideas and his only fear is that his output will get cut short prematurely. Dying in a car crash would really suck, as he states in American Road, a belated answer to Albert Hammond's I Don't Wanna Die In An Air Disaster.

At this stage of his career, he knows that he can get away with a catchy synth throwaway such as Slash Zed Zip sitting next to a dead serious pledge of allegiance to post-punk legend Julian Cope. Barbeau floats above the genres, sweeping down to cherry-pick the elements that tickle his fancy and create something special and refreshing. And that is the true power of pop.

Anton Barbeau: many if not most synths, piano, guitars, Hofner bass, drum box, Hausgemacht samples...
Rosie Abbott: vocals on 3, 6, 9, 10, 18; sampled “whisper” on 16; guitar, bass, keys on 6 (pt 1)
Kevin Allison: sleazy fuzz-slide and twiddly blues-wank guitars on 5
Julia VBHV: vocals on 2, 6, “breathing” on 6
Lara Miyazaki: Latatron on 1, 3, 5, 16
Jeff Simons: fretless bridge bass on 3
Donald “Donn-Eye” Ross Skinner: guitars on 2, sampled guitars on 4, 11
Charlotte Tupman: distortion guitars on 6 (pt 2)
Fred Quenitin: saxophone and sampled sax on 6 (pt 2)
Urbano: sampled drums on 4

Anton Barbeau: Power Pop!!!

Power Pop!!! is released via Big Stir Records (CD, digital).

  1. Entrez-Vous Dans Les Maisons
  2. Power Pop
  3. American Road
  4. The Never Crying Wolf Boy
  5. Hillbilly Village
  6. The Sound
  7. Pompadour Toupee
  8. The Drugs
  9. Free
  10. Slash Zed Zip
  11. Julian Cope
  12. La Revanche Du Genre
  13. When I Am Happy
  14. Fretless Bronze (For Matthew)
  15. Running On The Edge Of The Knife
  16. Whisper In The Wind
  17. Rain, Rain
  18. Valerie's Waiting
  19. Prologue, Literally


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