NEOCAMP’s “NEOPOP”: Music review

Sort of like a demented Fatima Mansions updated for the modern era, with vocals run though a filter made of The Knife and Aphex Twin’s “Come To Daddy (Little Lord Faulteroy Mix)” / Come To Daddy (Pappy Mix) / “Windowlicker” style ‘vocals,’ all laid out over a bed of early Nine Inch Nails mixed with who knows what other touches of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, witchhouse and other genres.
Where does such a thing come from?
It’s odd and brooding, dark, and seems mildly disturbed and troubled. I did pause when hearing “tiocfaidh ar lá” coming out of the speakers in “Outro,” given the musician is Irish and that Irish language phrase has a specific, highly charged, and purposeful meaning in the context of Irish politics. Hard to know what he means by using it – is he subverting it? I can’t make out what else he’s singing – in fact, for most of the album I’ve no idea what language he’s singing in – English, Irish, some other language? How much of this is due to his accent?
Who knows, but looking at his pictures on his Facebook page or his own website will probably serve better to describe his music than I can using words.
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