If there is one thing I have said time and time again, it's that Halloween has always been sorely lacking in moments of perfectly polished moments of pop ecstasy. Kim Petras has come to deliver on that wish this Halloween season with a collection of haunting songs.
TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1 sees the rising pop phenomenon venturing away from '90s reminiscent bubblegum to explore a symphony of ominous sounds that are a far cry Petras' typical pop musings. With track titles like "TRANSylvania" and "Boo! Bitch!," it's easy to want to dismiss TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1 as a collection of mere holiday kitsch that the genre is famously known for. But doing so would mean missing out one of the most adventurous and refreshing pop and electronic projects in recent memory.
TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1 is more than just a bout OF dark pop; it may just be some of the finest electronic and production work done this year. Opening on the atmosphere instrumental track "o m e n," the picture painted is that of '70s and '80s horror classics. It is an opening that would do John Carpenter proud. Indeed, some of the most noteworthy moments come from the way nostalgic instrumentation is employed to create a spine-chilling atmosphere, such as on the aforementioned "TRANSylvania" or pulse-racing "i don't wanna die…" The closest Petras comes to stadium pop is in "Turn Off the Light," which sees a guest appearance from the mistress of the dark herself, Elvira.
Pop and Halloween have not been combined to this great an effect since "Thriller." TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1 is more than just simple holiday pandering. The mixtape truly feels like an honest expression of Petras' ongoing love affair with what pop is as a genre. The meticulous attention detail that exemplifies Petras' work remains, but its focus is turned towards the extremities of the genre, brilliantly showcasing the darkest elements of what pop has to offer the world. And it's a good thing too because the world has been in long demand for something else to play at Halloween parties besides the "Monster Mash."
Listen to TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1 below: