GMG’s debut album I Was Supposed To Be In Paris Tonight is an electronic pop album that throwbacks to popular 80s sounds while creating a unique aesthetic. On the surface, it presents a very flat depiction of desire and love but upon closer inspection delves into a range of social issues, examining promiscuity and looking at what’s considered attractive today.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Kavinsky and Passion Pit, the album is nostalgic for 80s pop with waveform bass lines, 808 drum machines and arpeggiated polyphonic synths. Lyrically, there’s some interesting themes with GMG looking at the cultural norms of beauty; ‘I’m too big, I’m too tall and I’ve got a belly…. Look what you’ve reduced me to / Here I am skin and bone for you.’ On the surface, this might sound like any other pop song about loving others and wanting to be loved, but it’s an interesting look at society’s expectations of male beauty and the struggle of rejection if one doesn’t meet them.
The album also examines promiscuity and desire. On “Dangerous”, the narrator sings ‘everybody tell me have you ever wanted things that you did regret / I’ve got desires to be in bed / Everybody get dangerous.’ In the context of the other male relationships depicted on the album, this might be a calling for people to act on their sexual desires and do what feels natural, free of social judgement.
I Was Supposed To Be In Paris Tonight is culturally relevant in a time when right-wing politics like Russian’s ‘anti-gay law’, the country where electronic music arguably began with the invention of the Theremin, threatens intentionally innocuous human compassion and sexual desire.
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