by Yuzima Philip in New Music on Thursday 13 October 2011

I’ve always believed that pop music can be more. You can call it the gospel of rock and pop. That’s the initial concept behind my latest EP, Glasnost, but it was furthered by what I saw happening in the world: revolutions in the middle east, the election of the first black president of America.

All of this seemed eerily similar to the things that happened at the end of the Soviet Union, including the fall of the Berlin Wall. But these things are more. Eastern Europe in the eighties conjures images of steel toe military boots, barb wire and White Nights (the movie). I wanted to give this recording that austere dystopian industrial pop sound and I think I did that. I experimented with sounds, voice and concept and boiled it down to pop.