Electronic pop has been increasingly embracing the dark underbelly of our ever-growing digital world, and Trust the Mask, an Italian experimental duo, has leaped headfirst into this mysterious realm. Composed by Elisa Dal Bianco and Vittoria Cavedon, their glitchy cyber-pop single “Otaku” intertwines dark pop elements with 80s-inspired synths, resulting in a sound that’s both nostalgic and refreshingly unique. As someone constantly exploring the digital age and its effects on our relationships, I found myself completely captivated by their thought-provoking musical vision.
Derived from Japanese, “Otaku” refers to individuals who prefer video games, anime, or technology over human connections, often harming their social abilities in the process. Trust the Mask’s single manages to capture this idea both lyrically and sonically. The song kicks off with pulsating electronic beats sweeping in and carrying you away to an alternate digital dimension. Soon enough, Vittoria’s haunting, otherworldly female vocals, reminiscent of a siren’s call echoing through a dystopian future.
Listening to “Otaku” gives you the sensation of wandering a futuristic metropolis at night, enveloped by neon lights and holograms, only to realize you’re actually immersed in virtual reality. This striking soundscape, paired with the song’s heartfelt theme, conjures feelings of detachment and loneliness – emotions many of us can relate to in our increasingly connected yet isolated world.
“Otaku” channels the electronic pop vibes of early CHVRCHES while echoing the dark pop essence of Depeche Mode or Gary Numan. Trust the Mask has masterfully merged the past with the present, crafting a sound that’s both familiar and novel. The mesmerizing juxtaposition between Trust the Mask’s silky vocals and the edgy, glitchy electronic production creates a lasting, haunting impact.
As a music critic, I’m always seeking groundbreaking sounds that challenge the status quo, and Trust the Mask’s “Otaku” undoubtedly fits the bill. Though it may not cater to everyone’s taste, those who appreciate an immersive, dark electronic pop journey will likely find themselves drawn to this bold, mysterious track. I’m eager to see where the future takes Elisa Dal Bianco and Vittoria Cavedon as they delve deeper into the digital abyss they’ve so vividly portrayed in “Otaku.”
If you’re prepared to embrace the glitch and dive into a world where reality and the virtual realm become indistinguishable, Trust the Mask’s “Otaku” is ready to welcome you. Just brace yourself to question your own existence as you’re swept away by its hypnotic soundscapes.