Artist Feature: Evan Voytas

“Pop” is a dirty, filthy word. It conjures up images of short lived one hit wonders, chart busting singles and large men in undersized suits throwing fistfuls of cash into the air whilst chomping hard on a cigar. It’s not your fault, it’s the way pop music has seemed for the longest of times, you shouldn’t feel bad about it. I- yeah… I didn’t mean to make you feel like that, alright? I’m sorry I mentioned it. Sheesh. Anyway, my point was that just like art, anybody can make art, but only a few do it right. Evan Voytas does pop music right.

His debut EP “Tomorrow Night We’ll Go Anywhere” is a glorious thing to behold, all hushed falsetto and distant jazz and funk influences. From it’s vaguely melancholic dance opener “Our Thing” through the perfectly formed title track, sounding like Chromeo if they were beaten into sound tracking somebodies heartbroken memories. Not forgetting the drum sample heavy and surprisingly raw “Astro” and the sublime closer, “We’ll Go Far”. Each song is wrapped in a kind of gentle sadness that attaches to the lyrics, lifting each track above the sum of its parts.

Of course, nothing is truly perfect and “Alright So Far” is somewhat forgettable, it’s why God invented the skip button and why you’ve been blessed with those dextrous digits you see sticking out of the ends of your palms, probably. What else did that guy have to do with his time, exactly?

TL;DR? It’s as much fun as you can have whilst living inside your head, your own insular disco, if you like.

BONUS ROUND: The label he’s on is called Cascine and it’s currently home to four super cool bands. You should go check out their home page here, even if it’s just for THIS.

Alec