Photo by Charlotte Bruin

TARN PK unveils ‘Papier-Mâché’: a tune that’s destined to become your latest earworm

"It was all based around the chorus guitar tone and a Yamaha DX7 synth (popular in the 80’s) which felt enticing and new"
7th December 2023

By Ella Gaynor

New Zealand-based artist, producer and songwriter TARN PK gives us a delicious taste of his new musical direction with his latest single Papier-Mâché. The track is synthy and melodic, a steady song packed full of passion, it absolutely crackles. The vocals bring flavours of punk and alt-pop, making the listener think of such artists as The 1975, Vance Joy and Lil Peep. For all its modern energy, Papier-Mâché was written while listening to Kate Bush’s L’Amour Looks Something Like You, and the artist credits the way those chords felt as part of this new track’s influence.

TARN PK was on a writing trip in Auckland when the song came to him. There to work with other artists as a producer, TARN PK found himself with unexpected spare time when an artist cancelled a session last minute. Inspired by his new surroundings, the artist ended up penning most of Papier-Mâché that same day. 

On taking a new direction with this track, the artist said: 

‘’It was all based around the chorus guitar tone and a Yamaha DX7 synth (popular in the 80’s) which felt enticing and new. Throughout the creative process I was visually inspired by stripping away the colour from my previous releases to a more minimal feel.’’

Photo by Charlotte Bruin

In Papier-Mâché, the artist expertly remixes old-school sounds, bringing fresh air to a classic music style with twisted saxophone, synths and deflated drums. The song takes it slow to start; sombre lyrics deliver the artist’s key message, about feeling directionless and dealing with the pressure of making something of yourself: ‘i should’ve left my hopes in the gutter’. A drumbeat drop plunges us into the hook, and it’s one you’ll have on a loop in your head after the first listen.

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