|November 18, 2023|
Mozart Estate is a further installment in the decades-long musical journey of Lawrence, the mononymous iconoclast responsible for some of the finest, most inscrutable pop music of his time. Formerly operating under the name Go-Kart Mozart, this project focuses on bubblegum-sticky novelty pop whose earwormy melodies are balanced by the gritty, sardonic, sometimes moving topics of the songs. Whether singing about the failings of capitalism, Record Store Day, or soda pop, Lawrence’s monochromatic croon is a perfect match for the boogie piano, junkshop synths, popping bass, or heavenly vocal harmonies that the songs are built around on 2023’s Pop-Up! Ker-Ching! And the Possibilities of Modern Shopping. It’s all a far cry from the post-punk aesthetic of Felt or the glam rock of Denim, but it’s another perfect showcase for the wit and wisdom of one of pop’s great eccentrics.