Liam Brown, aka Pizzagirl, wasn’t born in the 1980s
– yet, judging by his music, the 21-year-old pop maverick would fit happily at
home in the decade of big shoulder pads, poodle perms and shell suits. Since he
first emerged last year, the Liverpool-born musician has never been shy about
his fondness and fascination for 80s pop culture. His music, full of bouncy
electronics and adolescent yearning, is drenched in feelgood nostalgia. Raised
on a diet of romcoms and mixtapes, he’s spoken feverishly about his love for
the films of director John Hughes – and you can easily imagine Pizzagirl’s
music being inserted into films such Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast
would be remiss, however, to simply label Pizzagirl as an 80s-obsessed pop dilettante.
Recorded entirely in his bedroom-cum-studio, his acclaimed debut LP first
timer, released in 2019, showcased his talent for absorbing myriad musical
genres with a real lightness of touch. Bouncing from yacht rock and emo to new
wave and synth-pop, his magpie approach is shot through with a playful zest and
sharp melodic nous.
Signed to the Manchester-based indie label Heist or Hit, he’s already
amassed a loyal fanbase (his 2018 debut single ‘Seabirds’ has amassed over
three million streams on Spotify), and he’s received glowing support from top DJs
including Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne and Huw Stephens.
Despite having to cancel his entire summer plans due to COVID-19
(including an appearance at SXSW), Pizzagirl hasn’t been too troubled by these
past few months of lockdown. After all, here’s a man who’s clearly at his best
when locked away in his bedroom and building his own enchanting, dayglo pop
universe – and a most welcome, inviting one at that.
KEY TRACK: ‘cape canaveral’ –
a delirious blend of disco-funk and oddball pop, this recent single was
accompanied by a wonderful video inspired by the cult movie classic, Napoleon
FOR FANS OF: Ariel Pink, Gus
Dapperton, Yacht, Talking Heads.