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Released 19th May 2023
SK says: 'After an impressive run on Paradise of Bachelors, 'End of Everything' is a first Mega Bog album for Mexican Summer which finds bandleader Erin Birgy trading the jazzy metaphysics of previous album 'Life, and Another' for a blend of the oddball art pop of new labelmate Cate Le Bon and the dark dancefloor sonics and vocal drama of Future Islands. Again working with Big Thief's James Krivchenia and joined by Aaron Otheim, Hand Habits and TOPS bassist Jackson Macintosh, Birgy's highwire delivery wouldn't be out of place on a Circuit des Yeux record, while the use of an 80s palette to stare resolutely into future climate crisis is pleasingly redolent of The Weather Station's 'Ignorance'.'
End of Everything is the intrepid seventh album from Mega Bog, a nightmarish experimental pop ensemble led by Erin Elizabeth Birgy.
In 2020, Birgy was surrounded by seemingly endless turmoil: mass death, a burning planet, and a personal reckoning when past traumas met fresh ones. Living in Los Angeles, against the backdrop of brilliantly horrifying forest fires, she questioned what perspective to use moving forward in such dumbfounded awe. Deciding to seize something tangible, she produced a record that spoke of surrender, of mourning, and support in the face of tumultuous self-reflection. Writing on piano and synthesizer, instead of the familiar guitar, Birgy explored a spectrum of new sounds to illuminate a state of volatility and flux that was both universal and personal. Speaking of this transition, she describes the need “to feel… instantly. I didn’t want to dig into secret codes. I no longer wanted to hide behind difficult music. I was curious to give others the same with the music I create; to make music someone could use to explore drama, playfulness, and dancing, to shake the trauma loose.”
Heavy grooves, metal guitar squeals, Italo disco bass lines, rhapsodic synth layers, and huge choruses stomp around the delightfully sanguine pop drama. Where previous records stretched out into the abstract and ethereal, End of Everything delivers a hit straight to collective awareness and healing. A seemingly disparate jukebox of sounds – ranging from Thin Lizzy, Bronski Beat, Franco Battiato and Ozzy Osbourne to 90’s house classics like Haddaway’s ‘What is Love’ and Corona's ‘Rhythm of the Night’ - foregrounded a new punchy theatricality in Birgy’s music. The songs she was creating at home followed suit with bolder hooks and more dancefloor energy than she’d ever dared before.
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