Electro-pop gets scary.
2012, Anti-language recordings
6.1 / 10.0
After previously shifting around together in various projects, the New York based (by way of Sydney, Australia) duo of Matt and Rizz settled on WAZU. Their latest musical exploration drains the blood from electro-pop, ruining its sunny demeanor until all that’s left is a vamped out version complete with black mascara and ripped fishnet pantyhose. Matt and Rizz’s reverb cloaked vocals intertwine on their self-titled EP’s three songs instilling a bleak outlook, “Happy endings don’t have room for two”, while maintaining a pop aesthetic despite its gothic leanings. Think Marylin Manson fronting Foster The People.
Starting out aggressive with “Murder1″, ghostly whirring and seductive guitar chords give way to a menacing crunch. While “Murder1″ is a strong enough opener to thwart less courageous listeners from continuing, they should know that the EP’s following two songs, “Happy Endings” and “Walk All Night”, get less creepy and more pop oriented. Still, a sinister bite remains present. In a genre stereotyped by warm feelings, it’s nice to take a freaky detour.
Purchase: WAZU – WAZU EP