Willis Ellmore quickly returns with his new work ‘Pop Life Crisis’. While perhaps a riff on the title of a classic Prince song (is there any other kind?) it definitely addresses our current popular cultural activities, tastes and overall dangers as the closing track (ft. The Dazzla of Lo Tek Hi Fi/Big Dada fame) states:
“We’re in the season of Donald, could it be society’s lost all morals? You know we’re in trouble when a businessman’s in charge of tomorrow.”
And so begins this collection of beautiful noises via electronic signals with ambience and drums that uplift alongside an inner charm rarely felt these days.The track titles also convey a re-think to what some of us find important or not as the case may be, ‘You Are Free (To Do As They Tell You)’ reminds us that sixty-three million Americans voted for a psychopath, ‘Todays Video Is For You’ is a critique based on the slew of youtube ‘how to make it in music’ videos from alleged professionals, ‘The Star Mangled Banner & The Union Wack’ refers to the media circus in the recent US/UK elections along with the social media baiting ‘Judge Us By Our Likes & You Wont Press Play’ while the E.P. opens with the glowing chords of ‘Somewhere Over Belarus’ (a track written in the skies around 32,000 ft on return from a gig in Moscow that comes complete with hidden meaning). Anyone?
In short, Willis Ellmore shines a light on the West’s clamber for false recognition and escapism through popular culture and social media that can cloud us from the humanitarian, political, economic and environmental crises that continue towards life threatening levels which we may not be able to overturn. Willis Ellmore suggests that it is time to address the crisis of meaning in popular life, work and society.
Despite his tender years, the self proclaimed young, ghetto occupant and East Londoner has already worked with the legendary Mike Ladd and is also one half of Video Tourist with the inimitable A La Fu.
To quote, “I know its saturation point but I’m Willis Ellmo.” Big things ahead...
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