Unhappy Shoppers are an anonymous quartet of electronic oddballs from the small British town of Mossley. Soundtracking and subverting the grey malaise of their surroundings with upside down bags obscuring their faces, they create eerily abstracted outsider pop. Following a series of willfully obscure offerings including a 5” lathe tucked inside knitting instructions and a 7” EP packed with pencil crayons and confetti, Label Obscura now presents Déjà Vu — a cassette compilation of the unnamed ensemble’s “greatest blips” for their first release on this side of the pond. With a sound they describe as “domestic disco”, Unhappy Shoppers beam into a bleary life spent in grocery store aisles, waiting rooms, and the purgatory of public transport. From the scanner bleeps of “Aisle 6” to the shuffling chimes of “Bag” and blown out movement of “Monorail,” their songs summon day-to-day doldrums with something sinister just below the surface. As The Sunday Experience aptly described, the group’s “warping musical collages have the effect of making you think you’ve momentarily wandered into some surreal dream within a Lynch like psychodrama.” This darkness is revealed on the shadowy synth swirls of “Untitled 2”, while the Throbbing Gristle style muffles of the previously unreleased “Déjà Vu (Again)” are less vaporwave than completely vaporizing. Yet escape is at hand from their modern slog with the junkshop coldwave of “Ersatz Beat” conjuring sci-fi fantasies and “Every Day” transporting listeners to a pastoral video game landscape beyond the borders of whatever version of Mossley they call home.
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