Scottish pop quintet Walt Disco have shared their new single, “My Pop Sensibilities.” Though there’s no full-length to speak of yet, this Glasgow five-piece has been dropping dark, glittery singles for the past year or so, and this is another impressive addition to their repertoire.
The term “crooner” gets thrown around a lot, but Walt Disco’s James Potter’s low, flamboyant croon is unparalleled and capable of breaking a million hearts. “My Pop Sensibilities” pulls from the synth-heavy New Wave of Orange Juice, the jittery post-punk of Talking Heads and the moody New Romantic sonics of Boy George. Sharp, skittish guitars, bewitching synths and wounded vocals with a glamorous luster culminate in a Frankenstein’s monster of past pop stylings.
“‘My Pop Sensibilities’ is a metaphor for that part of you that tells you to be normal and not to express and embrace your true self, be that feminine/masculine, eccentric or opinionated,” explains Potter. “This is highlighted for myself in relationships with people identifying as women, where I find myself feeling some need to be masculine even though that is not who I truly am. The positive message to take away from the song is: If you wake one day feeling anxious or trapped, walk out the house wearing all your flamboyant finery and fuck that part of you which is telling you to be normal.”
Some of Scotland’s best and brightest musicians—Haydn Park-Patterson (The Ninth Wave), Chris McCrory (Catholic Action), Seth Evans (Sistertalk) and Thomas McNeice (Gang of Four)—had a hand in crafting the track, with Park-Patterson co-writing, McCrory and Evans producing, and McNeice on mixing duties.
Listen to “My Pop Sensibilities” below.