Pope – “Let Down” (Stereogum Premiere)
Pope have been playing together since high school, and that tight chemistry comes across strongly on their forthcoming debut album, Fiction. Every progression feels effortless, and the three members of the band — Alex Skalany, Donovan Wolfington’s Matthew Seferian, and Atticus Lopez — play off of each other in the near-telepathic way that only good friends can. “Let Down” roars to life with a sarcastic bite, the vocals sounding jaded and as bitter as a lemon. It’s noisy and dense, slathered with layers of distortion and fuzz, yet it also feels oddly welcoming. Skalany explains that the song is about “perpetual self-deprecation/building yourself up for the fun or breaking your self down. It’s about thinking about possibly acting on something and then talking yourself out of it.” Listen below.