SEVEN LAYER PIANO CAKES EXPLORES THE DARKER SIDE OF SOCIETY AND THE DETERIORATION OF THE WORLD IN “HOLY WATER (SAGITTARIUS J MIX)”

There are few musicians who also have the distinction of working in what many would consider a high-powered job. Yet such is the case with Seven Layer Piano Cakes — who, when he’s not an attorney and law professor by day, moonlights as his aforementioned alter ego to deliver complex takes on pop music of all styles. With his latest single, “Holy Water (Sagittarius J Mix),” Seven Layer Piano Cakes delivers a modern version of a 1980’s song funneled through a 2000’s emo sound — like the dark side of AFI paired with the theatricality of Panic! at the Disco. Considering he only started releasing music during the pandemic, it’s impressive how mature and complex Seven Layer Piano Cakes’ sound already is, with its diminished chords and unique structure that play into the theme of a world on the edge of death — like if M83 and Depeche Mode collaborated on a song today. Yet the song is still energetic and in-your-face, while still being very relevant and engaging the whole time. There’s a lot going on musically and lyrically in “Holy Water (Sagittarius J Mix),” but it’s all super cohesive and bears listening to again and again to catch all its complexities. As Seven Layer Piano Cakes says himself, he sees “Holy Water (Sagittarius J Mix)” as a:

“Spooky but still accessible upbeat dark pop rock song about the decay of modern society but making the best of it.”

Be sure to check out Seven Layer Piano Cakes on Spotify and Instagram.

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