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The form of music once revered as classic has undergone a marked change as we round the end of the first decade of the naughts. No longer associated with pleasant melodies and feel-good-lyrics, the genre has become so saccharine that artists such as Katy Perry have become borderline unbearable.
However, all that is about to change, thanks to the work of one pop-revisionist, Tecla Esposito. A native of New York, Tecla has gone from being a classically trained child pianist to writing and performing for hip-hop/reggae bands, punk/rock bands and electronic/funk bands. Her debut solo effort, the concept album Strangers in Masks, is one of the year’s most interesting revisionist works, pairing pop melodies with hard-hitting lyrical content. Her self-created “electronic-tropical-pop” dances around themes as complex as eating disorders, self-guilt, gender, and the pitfalls of bi-raciality. Feel good girl-pop this may be, but songs like “Mister Insomniac” and “Life of Luxury” are anything but saccharine.
We caught up with Tecla in this first episode of the new M.I.S.S. Webseries We Got the Beat and talked to the first-time vocalist about Strangers in Masks and are treated to an exclusive performance of “Good Hair”.
Graphics contributed by our girl Phaymiss!
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