Mormonism, ventriloguists’ dummies, American Horror Story, dancehall all play a part in Butter’s unique musical cosmogony.
What might that sound like, you might wonder? Like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
Butter is the solo Experimental Pop project of actress/musician Lola Blanc, looking to explore more of her unique upbringing. “Butter’s sort of my alter-ego, the place I can go to experiment with pop and try different things that wouldn’t necessarily fit under the Lola umbrella,” says the L.A. songwriter. “Butter is a little shinier, but still kind of weird. I grew up performing as a ventriloquist, and I was Mormon, so it's just sort of in my blood to always want to be a little weird. I love pop music, but I like to stay on the outer fringe of pop.”
Butter might sound slicker and shinier than the nightside neo-cabaret of Lola Blanc, and yet it’s anything but safe or tame. Butter trades in cybernetic Future Pop, whose closest, best-known touchstone would be the PC Music collective. Butter shares a similar tongue-in-cheek satirizing edge with the likes of Sophie or GFOTY, exploring a similar takedown of pop culture and styles. While Butter’s ideas may be as subversive and challenging as PC Music, her sound, however, is anything but. Butter’s slick, shiny Future Pop covers of Ariel Pink’s “For Kate, I Wait” and Palmistry’s “Lifted” both revolve around a fizzy lifting, hyperpop production style, like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie in song format, with bubbles, snaps, pops, and crackles whirled together into pinwheeling Club Pop, both insanely catchy and mildly disturbing.
Expect nothing less from Butter, who also doubles as a horror actress as a day job, featured in American Horror Story: Hotel and the upcoming feature-length from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell, Under The Silver Lake. Her tastes and instincts have already earned her rapturous praise from Idolator, i-D, Bullett, Nylon Japan, and PopCrush, as Lola Blanc, as well as winning Hype Machine’s Twitter Charts Of 2016 Award. Glamorous and dangerous in equal measure, Butter may deal even more devastation, masquerading as Top 40 Pop Music.
As all good French cooks know, everything is better with Butter. As the world gets weirder and stranger by the second, the time is right for Butter to make the world a more idiosyncratic place.
Benjamin Groff | benjamin.groff (at) brillbuilding (dot) com
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