Having introduced an introspective brand of dark-party pop earlier this year with debut EP ‘I’m Irrelevant Now’, Guest Singer returns with downer anthem ‘FOMO’ which tackles loneliness, measurements of self-worth and the titular fear of missing out on “something, someone, somewhere else”
Spacious, atmospheric synths create a cage for the firm and trembling vocals, occupying a similar space to Alex Cameron, Future Islands or Bright Eyes’ ‘Digital Ash In A Digital Urn’, which was the most direct inspiration for the song.
Spear-headed by vocalist and main songwriter Jake Cope, alongside France Lahmar (Bass)and Paul Burdett(Guitar), the creative process took on a new life, a much more collaborative endeavor between the trio outside of a studio setting. A further developmental point of difference was that while recording ‘FOMO’an instrument was never touched. Programmed like a dance track, layers evolved over time, morphing into the moody synth-pop cuts they’ve become –taking cues from the lyrical cadences and themes as they grew-up.
Elaborating a little further on this, Jake explains: “Fomo isn’t a new thing. It’s familiar anxiety pumped full of steroids by digital living. What we didn’t know didn’t hurt us. Now, things are rammed in our faces and it has an impact. I’ve always liked the ideas of songs that have two feelings; the music sending you one way, the words another. The music is for those having a good day, the words are for those that aren’t.”