words: Michael Brooks
Mo Troper writes Greek tragedies disguised as power-pop anthems. “Wicked”, the second single from his forthcoming album Exposure & Response (out 11/17 on Good Cheer Records), is unabashed and restless. Troper’s signature wit and pessimism remain fully intact and the subtleness of his lyrics reveal themselves as his secret weapon. His voice is thunderous, each syllable brimming with sincerity and a matter-of-factness that help to solidify him as a great modern songwriter. Troper’s capacity for catchy melodies is on full display and his knack for writing a song that refuses to leave your head is unparalleled. The lo-fi production is boisterous and fervent, creating a frenzied and chaotic mix of distorted instruments clashing against one another into a sugary bliss. Fuzzy guitars and brash drums cut right through the mix and draw the listener closer, catapulting the track to new heights with an emphatic relentlessness. Troper isn’t the type to write a song searching for answers, he instead searches for truth and meaning, and “Wicked” brings him one step closer to his goal.