Erin Birgy aka Mega Bog will release a new album called End of Everything through Mexican Summer on May 19. It was recorded with Big Thief’s James Krivchenia and found Birgy favouring the piano and synth for songwriting instead of her trademark guitar.
The first fruit of this to be shared is “The Clown”, with Birgy saying: “‘The Clown’ is about the terrible, sensual, and chaotic release of merging one’s own multitudes, showing love to the darkness and insecurities, having curiosity about what is beyond presumed perceptions – surrendering to the uncontrollables, while nourishing the small statues of what we do have control over within ourselves.”
“The Clown” seems to be her challenging someone in her life – or perhaps the listener – to look her in the eye, to take in her true self. She interrogates with “how do you see me now?” throughout the song, because the things she reveals might be upsetting as they are illuminating. Over a propulsive staccato synth and swirling melodies, Birgy courts the drama with a theatrical vocal and invites the darkness with confessions like “I really scared him / Because all I talk about with him / Is beheading young men”. This expression of her more unhinged nature builds to a grand finale, where pinwheeling backing vocals underscore Birgy’s full-throated challenge, and her musical and personal multitudes come majestically to the fore.