Ky Vöss, a Pittsburgh artist who makes dream pop music for the damned, returns with “Masochism,” the first single from the upcoming Coping Mechanisms.
“Masochism” is a streamlined arrow of a song, engineered to barrel ever forward through the banks of luminous synth that surround it, an electrified bullet train made of pure pop. Vöss, to disorienting effect, ratchets up the echo levels on their own voice until it sounds like they are recording in a vast and empty room, competing for sonic space with streaks of melody, simultaneously weightless and dense enough to reach out and touch, that swirl around the cavernous expanse like neon apparitions. The cumulative effect brings to mind CHVRCHES performing in a haunted airplane hangar for an audience of 0 people and countless ghosts. Much like last year’s “Swallow The Batteries,” “Masochism” is a thrillingly melancholic rave-up. Also includes some retro visuals!