Scruff of the Neck presents Guest Singer w/ Strangers + Canary Kids
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Guest Singer is a project devised by Doncaster’s Jake Cope and comprising Paul Burdett and France Lahmar. Fixated with the presentation of the self in everyday life, Cope constructs dark party songs; anti-motivational anthems for the post-truth generation.
“People are scared of being bored or being irrelevant.” Cope’s surveillance has been a silent vigil; stationed in a South Yorkshire outpost observing communication media deconstruct experience and distort identity. “Do you live by the words on the backdrop of a well shot holiday hotspot?” he scathingly asks on ‘New Experience’, curtly interrupting the broadcasts of Instagram influencers with a fresh truth.
Surrounding himself with the arpeggiated decay of vintage synths, Cope teamed with producer Matt Peel (Eagulls, Pulled Apart By Horses, Menace Beach) to realise a vision that is as rich in its melodic geography as it is pointed in its textural delivery. Capable of moments of incredible grandeur, Cope steers his romantically doomy mentality through a landscape of dusky synth lines and jumpy Will Sergeant-esque guitars. “If you want to go dark with synthesisers they take you to some very cool places.” he muses “the synth shift has changed how I write, now I go to a sound or even a particular synth rather than a collection of chords.”