Album Review: Cottage Pope – Suburban-Land

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The endlessly productive Tom Damsbaek is a chameleon. He’s released moody electronic-and-piano songs under his own name and quirky chillwave as Keabsmad. This album is a couple years old, but it’s a new discovery, and it’s hard to ignore an album this charismatically, joyfully weird.

Cottage PopeIts genre could accurately be described as “music,” quotes included. It’s a gloriously unhinged roadtrip through pastiches of 90s hip-hop, California pop rock, horrorcore, musicals, krautrock, and camp songs—among other things. In strong contrast to Damsbaek’s other works, I don’t think there’s a single serious moment on the album.

And yet, through the many layers of irony and absurdity, this is evidently the work of a savvy electronic music producer. Though he’s throwing everything at the wall at once—synths, dance beats, distortion, movie dialogue samples, rap, singing, gonzo sound effects—it all feels remarkably well-balanced, creating an album that’s somehow obviously tossed off and yet still intricately constructed.

 

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Gabe Pollock

Gabe Pollock

Gabe Pollock is Editor-in-Chief and co-Publisher of Electric City Magazine. He is a Peterborough-born freelance writer and editor who has covered Peterborough music and culture since 2012, first on Electric City Live and now in its magaziney successor.