Originally sucked in by the Buffy reference, I've grown to favor the intimate, vulnerable, and tastefully-arranged Dark Room. But it's hard to pick a favorite among this clew of earworms!
Favorite track: Dark Room.
Since his recording debut as Choir Boy in 2016, Adam Klopp mined a sound swirls 1980s synth noir with captivating, cinematic songs sweeping with pensive sorrow and glowing hope. As a former member of the Mormon faith, Klopp spent his youth both in the pews of his place of worship, but also churning through DIY punk venues, before leaving the sect in the thick of a mission in Tahiti.
The duality of faith and fiction are central to the lush explorations on his debut album Passive With Desire. Recorded at Studio Studio Dada, the album’s tracks permuted as bedroom sketches, awash with camp, the sting of loss, and allusions to halcyon days of nocturnal, electronic driven pop. Retaining elements of Klopp’s original demos, Passive With Desire was recorded with a full band and polished with trumpet, strings, as well as archival samples calling back to Klopp’s hazy youth.
Engineered by Klopp, Bret Meisenbach, and Stephen Cope, Passive With Desire is the entry point to Choir Boy’s world of emotive wit, novella kissed lyricism, and bouncy, synth-forward takes on traditional song writing bound by the universal themes of loss, desire, evolution, and exploration.
released October 28, 2016
All songs written and produced by Choir Boy
Adam Klopp- vocals, synthesizers, guitar, piano, percussion, and sequencing Katrina Marie Ricks Peterson- vocals
Bret Meisenbach- guitar
Jacob Hall- Drums
Kyle Hooper- keys
Chaz Costello- bass
Trumpet on “Sanitarium” by Stephen Cope
Strings on “Angel dog,” “Leave me be,” “Sanitarium,” “Passive with Desire,” and “Hellmouth” by Alyssa Pyper
Engineered by Adam Klopp and Bret Meisenbach at home and by Stephen Cope at Studio Studio Dada.
Mixed and mastered by Stephen Cope at Studio Studio Dada.
Photography by Alex Powelson Art/ Layout by Adam Klopp
Choir Boy debuted with the warmly received album 'Passive With Desire' in 2017. After signing to Dais Records, Choir Boy
followed up with the 2018 single, "Sunday Light" and a lovingly packaged reissue of the debut album on vinyl and CD. Choir Boy is Adam Klopp on vocals, Chaz Costello on bass, Jeff Kleinman on saxophone and keyboard, and Michael Paulsen on guitar....more
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I've listened to this album dozens of times over the past year or so, so I thought it past time I throw some $ their way and own/download a copy. This is modern synth pop at it's finest full of great hooks, great texture, and solid AF vocals. Carlos Parlos (cp49)