Pete Um — As You Were
(Bandcamp no#, 2019, LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-11-23
The first thing you notice about As You Were is the disturbing cover art of a mentally deranged clown sawing his arm off. Is this someone suffering from Body Identity Disorder or Body Identity Dysphoria? I don’t know, the nineteen songs on this album by Pete Um do not answer the question. What I do know is that Pete Um is a UK pop-surrealist musician who composes weird little songs in a world unto himself on what sounds like cheap electronics and drum machines. These little minimal avant-pop music ditties recall the post-punk 80s and German experimentalist bands such as Der Plan, Din a Testbild, and Trio, and sometimes even the Residents. Today in 2019, As You Were is definitely outside of most anything you will hear, though not near as bizarre as visiting Petunia-Leibling MacPumpkin’s Uncanny Valley. So if you like short twisted dissonant pop songs, you may find As You Were of interest.
Related artist(s): Pete Um
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