Pipsy // Photo by Sara Tansy.
Te Whanganui-A-Tara/Wellington-based band PIPSY (project of Paul Pouwels McMillan, they/them) have released a new single 'Underdog' today. It is the third single to be released from their upcoming album All You Ever Wanted - out November 2nd.
'Underdog' is a sweet, incessantly catchy dream-pop bop; warm piano chords embed the piece with a groovy 80's-inspired tone, with Paul's glossy vocals gliding over the beat that bursts in halfway, spinning the track into a danceable, psychedelic dimension.
"While I was writing this record I was playing a lot of keyboards and synths, so the song was written entirely on a Wurlitzer. I wanted it to be a reflective song that started out dreamy, and then kicked in half way through, reminiscent of modern psychedelic artists that I dig like Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra." Paul explains. "The song reflects on feeling like you’re an underdog. It’s a bit of a philosophical reflection on how to process those feelings, and to remind yourself to keep going, even when you don’t feel like you’re making progress - because you are! The song is a celebration of people that put up with a lot of s*#t that life throws their way, and yet still manage to carry on, being kind, and doing great things."
The music video, directed and co-produced by Paul Pouwels Mcmillan themselves, is equally as sparkling, taking inspiration from the worlds of MS-DOS, Nintendo, and SEGA games from the early 1990s, and paying a sweet homage to one of the cutest animals of all time, the Pallas's cat.
PIPSY's new album, All You Ever Wanted, is out November 2nd. You can support and buy their music here via Bandcamp.