by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Portland’s Mo Troper has released three full length records over the past three years, earning a reputation for clever songwriting that lends itself to power-pop, emo, and twee art-pop. Moreover (Demos 2015-2017) offers a peak behind that curtain, a collection of sketches and demos that form the basis of his most beloved songs. While these songs were once fuzzy and propelled by a thick level of distortion, here they are presented in their bare bones, paired down to just acoustic guitar and home recorded vocals. Where the full band versions juxtapose the syrupy pop melodies with Troper’s knack for somber lyrics, Moreover is left with the despair in the open, each of his sentiments hanging out in empty space. It’s a great listen in contrast to the song’s as they are known, but it’s an exciting look into the process as these songs come to life in bits and pieces.
Mo Troper’s Moreover (Demos 2015-2017) is out now via Good Cheer Records.