Originally from Ikley, West Yorkshire, Lewisham-based bedroom-pop artist Pet Grotesque released his DIY debut album Good Egg in 2017 with the help of tastemaker label and on-the-pulse promoters SLOW DANCE (home to Uma, Fran Lobo, Saint Jude, Glows & more).
Having kept busy as a touring keys player in Goat Girl and as a member of Speedy Wunderground-signed risers Tiña, Pet Grotesque has spent much of 2020 finishing album two.
Following its visceral lead track ‘Scratch’, which picked up support from So Young, Loud & Quiet and more, ‘Pingin’ Alone’ is the second taste from his sophomore LP Female Synth Player (due to arrive November 13th). Produced and mixed by recent Ninja Tune signings PVA’s Josh Baxter, ‘Pingin’ Alone’ features euphoric backing vocals by Daisy Capri (aka. Vanity Fairy) and Adam Cartwright (Uncle Tesco & Tiña) as well as drums and additional percussion by fellow Tiña member George Davies.
Sonically upbeat, there’s a sadness hidden beneath the shimmering synth sounds and driving bass line, felt in the contrastingly dark lyrics ‘One life a hand reaching inside of my brain, one time and it’s a knife in my face’ . Taking influence from Ariel Pink to Kylie Minogue, ‘Pingin’ Alone’ once again showcases Pet Grotesque’s vast vocal range, resulting in a perfectly-formed portion of bedroom-pop at its best.
“This song concerns the blurring of self gratification and self destruction.”