Harmonious Discord is proud to introduce the newest member of the HD family from the depths of rural Texas, Travis Cagle aka Plastic Pope. Southern Texas is a mecca for offbeat psychedelic projects with a rich history of outdoor events and festivals. It is during these events you can hear the entire spectrum of electronic and acoustic music represented and a clear, deep focus on it’s traditional dissonance. It is this experimental landscape that first showcased the unique sounds of this quirk pioneer. When we first heard his music it was clear he was drawing on a wide array of influences including techno, dub and house all complimented by sprinkles of funk and glitch. We hope this is only one of many projects with the synthetic savior over the next few years.
Harmonious Discord 026 Plastic Pope – Qukq
1. Skunk Drunk
3. Qukq (JDN Remix)
4. Qukq (Vegenaut Remix)
5. Cancion de Calle
As a child, Plastic Pope suffered from an affliction known as This-Catchy-Beat-Is-Stuck-In-My-Head-Arrghh-itis, causing obnoxious hand drumming, idiotic public head bobbing, and fitful insomnia, leading to develope a love for quirky baselines and chunky rhythms that inspire both the brain and body to dance. A stint in Detroit found him playing with a 303 clone and a drum machine, and Plastic Pope was born. His tunes mix his penchant for glitchy funk with a healthy respect for his acid house roots. His latest single for the Harmonious Discord label starts with “Skunk Drunk” featuring inebriated synth accents and off center FX placement leading into a jam session of Latin drum elements and glitched-out automation. “Qukq” increases the energy with a proper techno drum workout and sub-bass interplay. Offering up a smooth west coast interpretation is HD artist JDN. This rework focuses on subtle elements of the original with a supreme focus on swing and depth. Back in the rotation is Vegenaut with a spiced up space-funk rehash that provides a pleasant deep bass revisit. Plastic Pope wraps up the single with a stutter-pop latin-influenced track mixing elements of techno and breakbeat titled “Cancion de Calle.”