keaton dekker makes a memorable and moving debut with ‘makeup’

Meet your new fave alt-pop artist!

Meet your new fave alt-pop artist!

keton dekker creates moving retro pop with the euphoric yet delicate new single ‘makeup’. As far as debuts go, this is a cracking effort!

A songwriter and visual artist residing in East London, dekker is upfront in his diverse influences including The Cure, 80s horror, Playstation 2 games and, of course, Queen Britney. His new track ‘Makeup’ manages to marry the sad, introspective longing of Robert Smith with bright retro synths and a smattering of Y2K pop to boot. Earnest and confessional, the track recalls a friendship that went south.

“I made ‘makeup’ in my bedroom,” shares dekker of how he brought the track to life. “To record my vocals, I’d turn the boiler off in my room so it would be quiet enough. After a while though, my Mum would tell me to turn it back on when it got that bit too cold.

“With the song, I remember playing around with this warbly arpeggiator sound and the rest of it followed,” he continues. “A friend showed me ‘Vienna’ by Ultravox which was an influence for “makeup” too. But my aim was to create escapism and atmosphere. I wanted the sounds to take me far away and sound exactly how I felt”.

‘makeup’ is available now.