Last fall Columbia based synthpop-rock band Death of Paris took to KickStarter for backing of their second studio album. The KickStarter project was successful and the result of that is "Gossip".
Death of Paris' first self-titled album was basically just the founders of the band, keyboardist/guitarist Blake Arambula and vocalist Jayna Doyle. "GOSSIP" is the product of a year of writing with the full band, guitarist Patrick Beardsley and drummer Bryan Lee Bass (which came together over the past couple years). Just two months ago the band took to an Atlanta studio with producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (Mayday Parade, All Time Low, We Are the In Crowd, Cartel) for a month to record this album, a process they chronicled on their YouTube channel and brought to life with "Gossip".
DOP's sophomore album starts off with 'Give + Take', a familiar sounding track that picks up where their self-titled debut left off three years ago. But quickly the album drops into its own with the second track 'Shut up & Kiss me' (above). The song has heavy synth that is beyond danceable, DOP's front woman Jayna Doyle keeps the track grounded with her trademark raspy voice. The album finishes on a slower note with the track 'Secret' which could easily become a radio hit.
"GOSSIP" brings the listener, as well as the band, through a range of emotions; from Lust to Hate and everything in between. DOP's second album is a big step forward for the band, opening the doors for new fans but not leaving day-one followers behind. The addition of Beardsley and Bass for this recording (and live) add texture to DOP's established sound from three years ago. I have sat on this review for a few weeks now. Listening to the album, digesting and coming away quite happy and wanting more.
More about Death of Paris:
Death of Paris, is an Electro-Pop/Rock band from Columbia, SC influenced by modern and 90s pop, heavy synths and tight, dance-friendly rhythms. Their music is propulsive and elastic, with bubbly pop melodies, lush electronic beds of sound and intelligent, intimate lyrics, creating an instantly memorable sound that calls to mind Gwen Stefani or Paramore’s Hayley Williams fronting a band like The Killers or Muse.