TOPIA – “Lay It on the Line”


Born from a love of euphoric and gothic pop, Los Angeles electronic duo TOPIA, consisting of Jack Payne and Jack Guimon, set out to explore that yin and yang. They set forth to create individual musical landscapes joyful enough for a utopia, and bleak enough for a dystopia. With its bright synth-led whirring and nocturnal rhythmic movements, superb new single “Lay It on the Line” shows this well. TOPIA began writing music in 2015, after bonding over a shared love for Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and Pet Shop Boys, all influences that can be heard to some extent within TOPIA’s polished, atmospheric take on electronic pop.

Per the duo, “Lay It on the Line” is a track that deals with emotional honesty, specifically about how it’s difficult to explain how you feel about something or someone, but it’s always worth it to make that effort. It’s a leap of faith, hoping the feelings will be reciprocated, while coming to grips with the possibility they won’t be.

Stream their new EP below:

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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