OHTWO release double single “Trust Me/Mephistopheles”
Premiere on Vents Magazine, new album A Time To Be So Small out July 31st
Over the weekend, Florida post-pop duo OHTWO returned with a video for their double single “Trust Me/Mephistopheles” along with the announcement of a new album, A Time To Be So Small, out on July 31st.
“Both style and substance,” Vents Magazine’s RJ Frometa writes on the release. “A fittingly downcast document of the COVID-19 age.”
The duo, who cite both Interpol and Gucci Mane as their stylistic influences in their cross of post punk and trap, actually finished Small as COVID-19 began to take grip of America earlier this year. The result is an ominously prescient record that combines the looming dread of living in uncertain times with deconstructionist pop and rap songwriting.
“The goal of this album is to reject modern pop themes and deconstruct them,” the duo elaborate in a statement to Vents. “In that process, we want to bridge a gap between somber and introspective music through the lens of trap.”
A Time To Be So Small
OUT JULY 31, 2020
OHTWO describe themselves as a post-pop duo, but a simple question may explain their headspace more directly: what if Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights was made by Gucci Mane?
OHTWO’s BYSON and Faust formed in 2017 and quickly gained notoriety in Florida’s underground scene with such lines of experimental thinking, fusing their love of post-punk and trap cohesively. Named after the closing track on Interpol’s Antics, A Time To Be So Small is both a reintroduction and a culmination for the duo, encapsulating their eclectic sound while providing a lane for some of Faust’s most lurid storytelling yet.
As a result, Small feels like a fittingly downcast document of the COVID-19 age, which makes sense given the duo completed production as the pandemic’s first cases began popping up stateside. Simultaneously insular and looking to the world to answer for heartbreak and hardship, A Time is the duo’s clearest encapsulation of their post-pop sound while continuing to push their own boundaries as artists.
“The goal of this album is to reject modern pop themes and deconstruct them,” the duo elaborated in a statement with Vents Magazine. “In that process, we want to bridge a gap between somber and introspective music through the lens of trap.”
A Time To Be So Small is out digitally on July 31st.