Fever 333 and Poppy Collaborate on New Track and Video, “Scary Mask”
Electro pop star Poppy’s 2018 album Am I a Girl? swiftly worked its way into my regular rotation late last year upon its release and has remained a favorite since. This shouldn’t surprise long-time readers of this site who know well my affinity for Robyn and Chromeo and, of course, my devotion to synthwave. There’s just something about a modern electro-pop that, when it’s well done, I absolutely cannot resist.
Poppy’s latest single is a collaboration with Fever 333 on the track “Scary Mask,” released together with a creepy music video with nods to The Shining and David Lynch films. Much like Poppy’s first foray into metal — the Am I a Girl? album track “X” — the song juxtaposes Poppy’s waifish vocals and deadpan, emotionless delivery with a surprising amount of brutality (way heavier than Fever 333’s usual fare), going back and forth between chill-time Portishead vibes and unrestrained aggression. The video does the visual equivalent of that, portraying Poppy as a ballerina amidst the chaos of masked metal men in a haunted mansion straight out of the Alice in Wonderland universe. In short, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Poppy over her short career: bizarre, irresistible and unabashedly fun. Have a look and a listen below.