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Live Review: PREMIERE: Death Club 7's synthpop track is so peppy you'll cry 'Happy Tears'

14 June 2018 | 10:02 am | Holly O'Neill

Over warm pads and synth twinkles, DEATH CLUB 7 glows with positivity singing of his low moments with tenderness on 'Happy Tears'

Since the start of the project DEATH CLUB 7, his own brand of unique synthpop and emotive lyricism has been an avenue for PATRICK KING to explore his own vulnerabilities. 'Happy Tears' is the latest release from the artist, delving into his experience with borderline personality disorder and a heightened emotional state. Over warm pads and synth twinkles, Death Club 7 glows with positivity, singing of his low moments with tenderness.

The title 'Happy Tears' is a perfect image for amplified emotion, a feeling he brings across in the twee pop chord progression and chugging drums. Layers of lush pads swirl under canned percussion, with a sprinkling of dreamy reverb over the synths and vocals giving everything a grander sense of scope. Taking inspiration from PC Music and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the chorus features EDM style stabs that create a palpable sense of joy alongside crystalline plucks.

The peppiness of the beat matches Death Club 7's bright delivery, optimistic in the face of the emotional lows that BPD may bring. Rapid fire lyricism across the track mirrors his own frantic thoughts, explaining his view of a relationship to the other person. Of the track and his experience with BPD, he says that people close to him "can’t control or take away the sadness, worry, etc; they should only give their love and happiness instead."

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'Happy Tears' is an ethereal banger, bringing Death Club 7 firmly into pop territory while still maintaining that raw lyricism and unique production quality we love him for. As the first single from an upcoming EP to be released before the end of the year, we're excited to see more experimental synthpop from Death Club 7.

PHOTO by Patrick King