LA Priest Raises The Bar With His Absurdist Pop
Sam Dust, of the short-lived but incredibly adored Late of the Pier, returns solo as LA Priest with a captivating exploration of bizarro glam-pop. From the frantic drive of songs like “Lorry Park” to moments that recall the sexual energy of Prince – Inji is a summer record that is raising the bar.
“Sometimes it helps to push against your nature.”
The evolution from Late of the Pier’s dance-punk to his solo incarnation was a natural one. “I didn’t really plan it, and it may have been more natural in some ways to not evolve, but sometimes it helps to push against your nature,” Dust said. Self-recorded, done as a test to his own limits, Dust spent over five years curating his solo endeavor. Don’t take that to mean that he was sitting around, alone in his basement but rather Dust was traveling the world, producing music and even embarking on some scientific research.
“I think everyone needs to be chaotic and absurd to reset the bar.”
Glimmers of Adam Ant, Kraftwerk, Sparks and Sly and the Family Stone jumpstarted the futuristic sound behind LA Priest. A new version of pop emerged that Dust would describe as, “A light-medium sweet with hints of violets and wild cherries.” Since his first single “Oino” dropped, critics have been praising LA Priest and hailing the music as ‘absurd’. Dust is more than okay with being labeled ‘absurd’ or ‘bizarre’ because he feels it’s just another way to comment on the ‘stale’ music his competitors are making. “I think everyone needs to be chaotic and absurd to reset the bar,” Dust said.
“I think music and sex are from the same beginning.”
And Dust has accomplished just that, birthing an inventive pop album with sensuality at it’s core. There is a ripe sexuality that comes with the glam aesthetic and sound of LA Priest, harking back to Prince’s oozing eroticism. “I think music and sex are from the same beginning; the expression of aliveness,” Dust said. Undoubtedly Dust’s love life seeps into Inji’s narrative along with the seductive sounds of his crooning voice. He also noted that perhaps it’s the sounds of the ‘tom drums or something that tell the best stories.’
Inji is not a exclusively a dancefloor album but a record to open the mind and ears. Take in the moments of sexual embrace, pop absurdity and head-bobbing beats that came to Dust like ‘a gift from the heavens’ as Inji drops tomorrow via Domino Records.