The day I discovered 100 gecs ruined my life in the best possible way. I’d enjoyed PC music and its associated genres for some time but the 100 gecs record took all greatness of that type of music, cranked up the absurdity, and completely enamored me. It hooked me onto this exaggerated pop sounds that I now constantly crave. The 100 gecs record was one of my favourites from last year and it led to my reacquaintance with SOPHIE’s work. It also sent me further down the PC music rabbit hole, eventually leading to my run-in with this song.
The other day I was scrolling twitter and came across an Anthony Fantano tweet with a YouTube link and a caption “is this what kids are doing these days?” It linked me to the music video for this track, “Thos Moser” by Fraxiom and Gupi. The entire music video comes across as the best shitpost you’ve ever seen. The video cuts manically between shots, most of which is Fraxiom singing into a wrench and Gupi dancing in front of a green screen with memes scrolling in the background. This song contains references to smoking toilet weed, Caroline Polachek, and says fuck you to Notch, Elon Musk, and Zedd (Fraxiom says they’re going to piss on him). The absurdity of everything going on made me feel like this song said “ok Boomer” to me, and I’m only 23.
After seeing the video, I did a quick google search of Thos Moser which yielded little in the way of results. The only thing that popped was a company of the same name touting “Handmade American Furniture, created in New England to last for generations” as it’s tagline. Clearly this has nothing to do with the song, so I’m left confused (and probably supposed to be).
The song was released on Dylan Brady’s (of 100 gecs fame) label Dog Show records and boasts the bubble-gum bass, genre mashing, over the top production the label is known for. The hooks are big, and the bass is loud. The vocals are pitched and filtered, and some intentionally off key synths at points just melt your brain. I do feel the last third of the song could have been tightened up as the electronic breakdown lasted a bit long; however this gripe is pretty minor. Ultimately though, this song will leave your head spinning for days, and keep you coming back for more.