Yorkshire alt-popartist Joseph Thompson is back with another new single on all streaming/download platforms today. The lo-fi electropop of What Does Your Music Mean offers up synthy hooks and 80s indie guitar sounds similar to Years & Years and The 1975, and asks questions about the behaviour of music idols in the #MeToo era.
“I think it would be safe to admit that there’s a lot of problems within the music industry, and whilst everyone likes to point their finger at the labels and corporations, I think some blame for the problems must be attributed to artists,” explains Thompson on the new single. “Increasingly now we are seeing light being shed on all the problematic behaviours of artists that have historically been left unchecked. Simply put, ‘What Does Your Music Mean?’ is about how I believe artists should use their platform for good, move on from the abuses of the past, and work collectively to try and make the world a better place.”
Joseph Thompson blends the upbeat, joyous energy of synth-pop choruses with emotionally charged lyrics, tackling all topics from Post-Brexit Britain to mental health. Avoiding the clichés and easy avenues of laddish indie-rock and mainstream pop, Thompson takes a defiantly personal approach to his songwriting with the aim of creating an authentic connection with his young and growing audience. He’s been praised by us here at GigSoup, XS Noize and Let It Happen Blog, and has also picked up playlist spots with many independent curators on Spotify.