The first CD Wampus ever released, Songs from the Pointless Forest, was the debut of Rockville, Maryland-based singer-songwriter Kowtow Popof. A veteran of Washington, D.C. mainstays The Senses Bureau and Bellyland, Kowtow liked Gary Numan and Genesis and Cat Stevens, and trafficked in an acoustic-electronic mix framed by a keen observational eye. Shot through with allusion, Songs introduced a contrarian voice on the pop fringe.
And things have only gotten better since.
Today Kowtow rolls out Tastes Like Armageddon, his fifth self-produced album for Wampus since Songs. And like Songs, it takes us on a ride through a world of emotional connection and detachment, pondering life’s ups and downs and mysteries in an insidiously catchy way.
Tastes Like Armageddon is the latest chapter in a deeply involving story, obscure and cryptic and fraught with appeal.