White Poppy is one of the Vancouver scene’s best-kept secrets. A goddess of ethereal, gauzy electro-pop, White Poppy (aka Crystal Dorval) continues to churn out crisp jams that breathe life into a murkily defined genre that lives somewhere between the boundaries of electronic pop, shoegaze, and dreamy psychedelia.
“Confusion” is a multi-layered masterpiece whose starring element is Dorval’s wispy, angelic voice. Where others might double-track their voices to hide vocal flaws, Dorval multiplies her vocals to make them less severe than a single track would be, adding to the floatiness of the song. And something about the tropical-seeming beats and synthesizer make “Confusion” a bit of an ’80s throwback—maybe Ally Sheedy’s character in The Breakfast Club would have listened to it while putting on her eyeliner. In any case, it’s a compelling track and a worthy teaser for the full album from which it comes, Natural Phenomena, due out next week (digitally, and in July, physically) from Not Not Fun.
Stream “Confusion” below.