Ant Antic

“Good Vids, Vile Times (lp)”

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LabelWhoopCat. No.WOPV002
FormatEXCLS-LPOrders fromFri, 02 Oct 2020
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LP Good Vids, Vile Times is the second album by Ant Antic. Its central themes are the never-ending flood of information and its effects on us. The Berlin-based singer and producer Tobias Koett wraps serious questions into radiant pop songs. What does constant bombardment of information do to us? What’s lost along the way? On his new album, Ant Antic observes the emotional power of media and information. The helplessness we feel in the face of predominantly bad news and the growing inability to take pleasure in good news. The way an overload of junk information leaves no mental capacity for real social connections. As a child of the first globally connected generation, he witnesses geographical boundaries dissolve and people consider humanity as one. At the same time, everyone seems to struggle to come to terms with a reality overflowing with possibilities. Slowly, we collectively turn into superficial nihilists. “When I wrote my first album Wealth I looked inward to examine my own emotions, asking myself “How do I really feel?". For Good Vids, Vile Times I was focusing less on the how and more on the question of why. “Why do I feel that way?", Tobias explains the creative writing process behind his second album as Ant Antic. “I’m a bag of hot air / Push me up density / Feel like a millionaire / Don’t bring me down gravity", he admits on the single Yellow Press. Referencing the album’s cover artwork by Austrian photographer Erli Grünzweil, Tobias describes how it feels to advertise his own life to other people - when behind the meticulously crafted presentation, there’s sometimes nothing left but emptiness and anxiety. Good Vids, Vile Times is an album rich in variety, ranging from indie-pop to contemporary R&B. In stark contrast to the somber tone of the lyrics, the songs radiate a cheerful liveliness. Fueled by analog synthesizers and an electric guitar often not discernible as such, the record builds on Ant Antic’s signature sound. It’s all Tobia

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