Eyedress Low Burns Duplicitous Associates On the Lo-Fi Post-Punk “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend”

Eyedress, photo courtesy the artist

“I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend” is a bit of a departure for Philippino songwriter Eyedress. His unusual pop songs, so fully expressed on the fantastic 2018 album Sensitive G, often have an upbeat vibe even when he sings about gritty real life situations. But this new single about the duplicitous people in your life who seem to thrive on sowing chaos and drama in their social circles. With the simple statement of the title, Eyedress calls out these people and suggests “You better say that shit to my face” instead of the way those toxic people can talk smack about people behind their backs to manipulate their associates and sometimes trying to pit them against each other. The dispassionate vocals processed ever so slightly over a mechanical beat and a bass line that sounds like it’s been put through flanger to give it an odd fluid quality like the disappointed feelings bubbling through a sense of being weary about dealing with the passive aggressive dynamic yet again. Musically it’s reminiscent of early Blank Dogs and that kind of lo-fi post-punk but not much in the world of music sounds like Eyedress and his almost outsider pop sensibilities. Listen to “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend” on Spotify and follow Eyedress at the links provided.



Author: simianthinker

Editor, primary content provider for this blog. Former contributor to Westword and The Onion.

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