Friday 21 June 2013

Femmepop - 1983

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Credit where it's due. Margaret O'Sullivan, better known a Femmepop is a Cork-born, London-based musician who's just self-released new single '1983'. According to the email the song has reached number 3 in the Japanese charts. Whether this is the national charts or not we don't know, but we're assuming it is. So this tells us that Japan has better charts than us and that an independent artist like this can have success there. Wouldn't it be great if the UK was more like that? It's the second single to be taken from her forthcoming debut album and was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Femmepop. That's no small amount of talent.

By rights, it should be the UK charts where this song breaks first, but given the dire situation here it's hardly surprising it hasn't yet. '1983' is a top-notch alt-pop song. It mixes electro-pop with a smidgen of indie and bits and bobs from the past, yet it sounds modern and up-to-date. Only the title (and the rather ace video) are from another time. Unlike much pop this song has a soul without actually being soul, and it also has depth and a close attention to detail. With an EP to her name and now an album on the way, it would be criminal if Femmepop was welcomed with open arms abroad but largely shunned in this country. Sort it out, UK.

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