Los Angeles-based Ryan Kattner has reinvented himself with his new solo project Honus Honus and fueled his debut LP with the chaos of LA. Use Your Delusion is a hodgepodge of dizzying synths, quirky vocals, and genre overload. The album was a way for Kattner to explore new sounds and musical dimensions unknown to him with his previous project, Man Man. Here, Kattner jumps through various hoops to cultivate 13 whimsical, disorienting pop tracks. His goal was pure dystopian pop inspired by Los Angeles.
There is clear ’80s influence from wailing stadium rock guitar cries to jilting, ominous synth lines on “Midnight Caller” and “Santa Monica.” “Red Velvet” enters a new era of industrial/hard rock. The carnivalesque “Empty Bottle” closes the record with a strange narrative and infantile vocals. A mysterious figure gives commentary about his high hopes for life (“Bikini babes would dip the soft and supple hips into my pool of wealth”), which sadly never materialize, and he ends up living under a pier (“Now I am the king of absolutely nothing/ A bully that is proud and full”). Use Your Delusion is a theatrical album that harnesses something like old horror-film kitsch with thrilling experimentation that one can get lost listening to for days. Stream Use Your Delusion below.
Use Your Delusion is out 11/4. Pre-order here and check out upcoming tour dates below.
11/3 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
11/4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
11/5 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
11/6 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
11/7 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/9 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
11/10 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
11/11 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
11/12 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
11/13 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
11/14 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
11/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle