After releasing his first single of the year, UK based singer-songwriter WEIRDO returns with a brooding, dark and eluding song ‘TRANSCENDENCE’, his second release taken from the upcoming debut mixtape/LP: ‘A MIXTAPE FOR HEARTBREAK’.
Accompanied by a sensational, surrealist and trippy 3D music video directed and created by Lucas Saidl and his visual collective ‘NotReal_Virtual’, TRANSCENDENCE sends you on an audial and visual journey through a broken relationship where love, betrayal, heartbreak and loss combine in an ethereal way.
Written, mixed and produced by WEIRDO in his Berlin based recording studio, a degraded drum beat joins forces with his signature nonchalant vocal style and a moody synth melody to result in a stunning “hit-repeat-again” track.
The song sets the scene for what’s about to come from his upcoming 10 track mixtape/LP, set for release in Autumn 2021.
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When first emerging from his home studio a few years back, WEIRDO, also known as Josh Christopher, started out by releasing a demo called ‘Disco’ via Majestic Casual’s YouTube channel which quickly spun up a fuss and amassed more than 1 million plays within a few months… he then disappeared.
He later re-emerged from silence by spontaneously releasing a pair of odd-pop singles named ‘BUTTER’ and ‘ARMANIO’, which both received #1’s on Hype Machine and Human Human.
‘SAPPHIRE’ was his next musical manoeuvre in which he collaborated with some musical friends; on drums Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX, Nasty Cherry) and on bass Pierre Leck. Renowned photographer James Perolls took press pictures for the release.
After a little more silent treatment, he dropped ‘ATTITUDE’ which landed on Spotify with a New Music Friday UK addition alongside support from Apple Music’s UK playlists.
Press came from some of the blogosphere’s most respected outlets such as W Magazine, Pigeons and Planes, DIY, Clash and Line of Best Fit.
Annie Mac announced WEIRDO in her New Names playlist on her BBC Radio 1 show whilst it was also included in the BBC Introducing Best Of playlist by Huw Stephens.
He took, yet again, another short hiatus whilst diving into the working life to pay the bills, make some new music for his other project IYES, and “grow up a little bit”.
Christopher, previously of indie pop duo IYES, had a Billboard Dance Club Chart #1 alongside being signed to Sony UK.
In 2020, he returned with singles EUROTRASH, FAKIN’ and some other B-side tracks.
BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders was the first to support alongside BBC 6Music, BBC H+W, Amazing Radio, Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Pop playlist, and online outlets such as Vice/Noisey, Wonderland, Complex and EARMILK.
His latest and first release from his upcoming mixtape/LP, ‘CAN’T WITHOUT YOU’, a song co-written with acclaimed hitmaker A7S, received praise on Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Pop playlist once again, from Apple Music’s NEW IN INDIE playlist and Anghami’s Alternative Pop playlist.
WEIRDO once again proved he is not just a flash in the pan and reignited the flame of media buzz for the third time.
WEIRDO defines his life experiences lyrically and sonically. He bounces between lo-fi production techniques (using vintage synths, putting sounds to tape machines and playing with random musical toys) and throws freshness and modern elements into the pot with electro-pop sounds.