Most People are “Leavin’ It All Behind”!
Formed in 2011, Toronto’s Most People make eclectic modern indie-pop songs infused with 80’s and early 90’s sounds. Their recently completed album “Call Me Up” represents Most People’s shift towards a more sensitive, smoother, lyrically driven celebration of love. The precusor to the album is “Leavin’ It All Behind”, a moody, polished bedroom pop anthem written with a DX7 and an old Dr. Groove.
“Call Me Up” marks the shift into a bold third phase of Most People’s musical evolution. While their 2012 self-titled debut could have been filed under dreamy psych-pop, and their 2014-16 stream of singles bounced over to peppy electro-indie anthems, 2019 sees this trio of young men making a grand artistic statement by exploring the commercial pop of their childhood. It’s not an ironic jaunt into yacht-rock – this is a deep, serious set of songs – but it’s not without Most People’s uniquely winking sense of fun and humour, either.
“Call Me Up” is in fact many things: a collection of gorgeous, soulful songs, ranging from slow-jam R&B ballads to new wave sing-alongs to sexy-sax-laden school-dance tracks just begging for that perfect TV show placement. It’s a celebration of the influence of great sensual music artists from Phil Collins to George Benson to Spandau Ballet, whose work is being reevaluated in the Internet era. And it’s a declaration of a new kind of sensitive, caring, empathetic masculinity, from a group with a genderqueer frontman, Brandon Gibson-DeGroote.