Indie Crush of the Week: Pizzagirl

The latter-half of the 2010s has been characterized, among other things, by an unprecedented nostalgia for the 1980s. The Duffer Brothers’ sleeper smash ‘Stanger Things’ is perhaps the best example of this appetite for synth-tinged, neon entertainment, and the real strange thing is that the desire for all things 80s is strongest among millennials, the oldest of which could have only a mere handful of memorable years towards the end of that decade.

Now, I must confess that my superficial googling this morning brought up no decisive answer to the question of age, but it seems that the fresh-faced Pizzagirl (aka Liam Brown) is not an ‘child of the eighties’ in any meaningful sense of the phrase, and thus belongs firmly to the swathes of young people turning to the 1980s for creative inspiration.

Pizzagirl’s music belongs to an intentionally misremembered 80s, filmic universe, with his last singles highschool and gymnasium, as well as his latest offering body part, embodying a sound of the 80s that is deliberately amplified, romanticized and heavily hair-sprayed.

Perhaps the clearest embodiment of his vision, and the space he’s occupying between 80s teen-film nostalgia, 90s dial-up internet culture and the modern meme age, body part owes as much to Phil Collins and Janet Jackson as it does to fellow purveyors of wide-eyed bedroom-pop, Clairo, Boy Pablo, Gus Dapperton.

From the confines of his bedroom studio (AKA The Beatzzeria) in Liverpool, Pizzagirl’s musical mind wanders through the decades and over the Atlantic. Capturing the wistful, romantic nostalgia and coming-of-age sentiment in classic Brat Pack era film it’s as though Pizzagirl has planted himself as a character in a John Hughes screenplay. And body part is the latest set-piece scene, a darker, sadder element to his sound, a plot twist before a triumphant return. body part is as much digital art as it is music.

Sophomore EP season 2 is the follow up to acclaimed debut EP An Extended Play, released at the top of the year. This earned Pizzagirl numerous not-so-secret admirers. Champions came in the form of Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne and more across the airwaves, as well as Noisey, DIY, Highsnobiety, Wonderland plus dozens of others in the blogosphere. With a tour supporting Her’s up and down the land to boot, there are multiple levels to the ever-growing platform from which Pizzagirl can now dive further into the cosmos.

He maintains his flair for channelling through his music and visuals the extroversion of 80s electronica, late 90s internet culture and US East Coast sad-indie introversion, calling to mind the likes of Porches, Frankie Cosmos both in esoteric sound and DIY work ethic. His website is testament to his dedication to his aesthetic, and highlights how Pizzagirl is able to blur the lines between art and music

Through December Pizzagirl will be taking his show on the road with a series of UK tour dates, standing solo on stage, accompanied only by his trusty laptop, guitar and sequencer, displaying the lonesome idiosyncrasies of an introvert married with the larger than life extroverted nature implied by his eccentric, zany and often pensive pop tunes.

body part was released by Heist or Hit on October 23rd, and is taken from Pizzagirl’s season 2 EP, out November 30th.

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