Self-styled dark pop outfit Elias Kopp offer up two awesome vocal driven tracks with a deeper, poignant message.
Originally a one-man project, lead singer Elias joined forces with Tom Rackliff and Pete Heppell to take their live sound up a notch. It’s clearly working a treat, as the band have received support from tastemakers like BBC Introducing.
Since the release of Saviour and Demon earlier this year, the Brighton-based trio have been gaining traction across their home region and beyond, which has seen them enjoy deserved airtime on the BBC Radio 6 Mixtape.
Both Saviour and Demon are fantastically eloquent, highlighting the often-taboo subject of mental illness. You can tell there has been a great deal of care put into both songs, which has resulted in creating a cathartic atmosphere throughout each and a feeling that these tracks are from the heart.
The imagery created in Saviour is instantly recognisable to anyone who has encountered mental illness before. It’s the ‘black dog following me’, ever unnerving and rearing its head at any given moment. The music, minimal in style vividly conjures the hollowness which is so often associated with depression. This is true for Demon too. You are thrown into a story of isolation and anxiety, again seeping out through lyrics and minimal sound.
What makes these songs particularly great is the overall message. Elias Kopp offer their own representation of the ever-present bleakness of mental illness, but blend it with somewhat uplifting finales. The main message here is that things can be tough but things can get better. It’s temporary and will end, but it will always be apart of you. It’s a powerful premise for a song, especially with these issues becoming more and more prevalent in our society.