Take a strange ‘Vacation’ with Death Club 7
DEATH CLUB 7’s signature tagline is ‘Don’t Stop Moving to That Death Club Beat’ – it’s just that. Patrick King, the man behind the moniker boasts across his social media. It’s tongue-in-cheek, a touch macabre and the best way to describe that Death Club 7 Style. Releasing his debut album, Zenith Horizon last month, Death Club 7 is on the rise with his brand of experimental, gleefully dark synth pop.
‘Vacation’ is an absolute stand out track on the album. Melding together a blissful amount of synths with hip hop sensibilities, King creates a fast moving and but lyrically rich track. ‘Crack a XXXX like a trigger/better kiss me with your tongue,’ is one of the stand out lyrics, it’s auscore but not as you know it. It’s how the entire track plays out – familiar elements take shape in new ways. King raps then sings in a high dulcet tones, synth dance breaks are paved by affected lyrics but then whispers hide beneath them. Death Club 7’s ‘Vacation’ is swelling with influences but doesn’t suffer from them, the track has a direct purpose and is telling a story. It’s a snapshot into queer youth; all high, desire-bound and messy. It’s club bound but home ready, and it’s entirely intimate but bobbing fiercely above a crowd. It’s an exciting release from a young artist who will no doubt continue to push forward.
Much like ‘Vacation’, all of Zenith Horizon is an intriguing examination of queer youth, through the lens of someone who can do it all – written, produced and released by Death Club 7, it’s an honest insight that’s rare, especially hailing from Brisbane. We can’t wait to see what comes next.