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Gus Dapperton splashes onto the music scene

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I discovered Gus Dapperton a few months ago while browsing through my YouTube recommendations, and I’m still not sure if I should be delighted that YouTube helped nudge me in the direction of an artist that I’ve become increasingly fond of, or if I should be concerned that it probably had to collect a lot of information about me in order to make that recommendation.

Dapperton rocks his signature bowl cut. Photo by Penélope Martínez

Regardless, Gus Dapperton is one of my favorite musical discoveries this year—maybe even ever―because of both his effusive, whimsical take on music and his poised, yet nonchalant disposition, which saturates his work.

His latest EP, You Think You’re a Comic! was released this past February and contains my current favorite song, “Prune, You Talk Funny.” The EP seamlessly balances color and texture through its use of velvety synths, timeless instrumentals (with an emphasis on guitar), and dreamy distortion to create an evocative, ethereal sound. The instrumental perfectly complements Dapperton’s nasally croon, which proves to be as alluring as it is unique.

The lyrics of “Prune, You Talk Funny” are poetic although sometimes nonsensical, as is typical of Dapperton. In the song, he tells the object of his affections, Prune, that he likes “the way words come out” of her mouth, though it takes him “many miles to make them out.” The song doesn’t provide a lot of context regarding who this “Prune” is, but it doesn’t really need to. Dapperton’s songs are less of a story as they are an amalgamation of words and sounds strung together to form incoherent sentences, and I think that’s part of the appeal of his music—it’s like he’s in a world of his own.

The music video that accompanies the song is well-paced and cinematic, no scene seeming superfluous. It opens with Dapperton, clad in just his underwear, running from a girl’s father with his guitar in tow. Dapperton traipses through scenes of pools, parks and school hallways dressed in turtlenecks, blazers and loose pants, and he cruises around in a convertible with a gang of bowl-cut groupies.

Through all of this, Dapperton maintains a confidence that breaks through the screen and draws you into his world.

Overall, the album is great and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in synth-y, indie music and cinematography. Click here to watch the music video for “Prune, You Talk Funny.”

Sophia Christensen

I'm a senior at Gull Lake High School and this is my first year on The Reflection staff, so I guess you could call me a newspaper newbie. I joined the newspaper sort of on a whim because I wanted to put the skills I learned in Multimedia and Reporting to work, but I'm here to stay and enjoy the ride. I like to write feature articles because I love the facet of newspaper that is giving people an outlet to speak their minds.


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