Dorian Electra’s newest album, “My Agenda,” delivers a unique sound that might split hyperpop fans, while also commenting on the conflict between the incel and LGBTQ+ cultures.
Hyperpop is a relatively new genre, but it can be described as pop music taken to an extreme through the use of electronic beats, high pitched autotuning and fast tempos. Electra has pushed this already experimental genre to its limits once again by throwing in plenty of other genres to the mix.
The songs on “My Agenda” range quite a bit, from aggressive and in your face, to cute and poppy, to slow and seductive.
The album opens with “F the World,” a song that in just over three minutes combines spooky organs, heavy EDM, rap and experimental punk.
Another song on the album, “Gentlemen,” pulls a jazz influence, though it starts with what I can only describe as medieval pan-flute music. Though the genre shifts are hectic, Electra somehow manages to make it work.
The album is only 25 minutes long, with multiple songs only lasting one to two minutes. These songs are musical shots of adrenaline that unapologetically move on without any breaks, apart from just a few songs that take it easy.
This album will scratch an itch in your brain that you didn’t know was there. The combination of genres all make so much sense when it shouldn’t make any sense at all, and you’re left wondering how something so odd could be so likable. Along with that, the hook of just about every song on this album is so catchy. I never would have imagined I’d be walking around campus humming a song called “Edgelord.”
The off-the-wall sound of the album is due in part to the wide variety of features it has. Gaylord appears on “Monk Mode” to bring some death metal influence. Another appearance is Rebecca Black, who you might remember from the viral song “Friday” that became a meme nine years ago. Electra even managed to pull Village People, of “YMCA” fame, for the title track.
My only personal complaint with this album is one or two of the features bring a sound that I tried to like, but they ultimately just threw me off.
This is best shown by the opener, my favorite song on the album. It starts off as wild as I would expect from a Dorian Electra project, it moves on to two great features from d0llywood1 and The Garden, and it moves on to a lackluster feature from Quay Dash. While the other two features were great to listen to and they contributed to the idea of the album, Dash’s verse was boring, and I was wondering why it was even included.
The concept of “My Agenda” is just as crazy as its musical content. Through its short runtime, Electra examines the perspective of the “incel,” an internet subculture composed of ultra-misogynistic involuntary celibates, with songs like “M’Lady” and “Edgelord.” In “Edgelord,” Electra sings, “I'm so edgy, Wanna F me? Okay F you, I don't need you. Pushing me right to the edge.”
In contrast, they have plenty of songs depicting LGBTQ+ culture in a satirical way, with songs like “Sorry Bro (I Love You)” and the title track, which makes fun of and even re-appropriates the idea of the “homosexual agenda,” with lyrics like “My agenda, Might offend ya, Out here flexin in my rainbow suspenders. My agenda, Will infect ya, Out to getcha.”
With the satirization of incel culture, and the re-appropriation of harmful LGBTQ+ prejudices, Electra paints an exaggerated, intense, and sometimes hilarious picture of these two groups. This war depicted in the album also gets a satisfying— if not weird ending.
To recap, this album has songs about internet hate groups, as well as LGBTQ+ culture and society’s interpretation of LGBTQ+ culture. It features many artists, old and new, and it has just about every genre in the book.
The cold truth is many people won’t be interested. This album is sensory overload for 25 minutes, and that might not be to some people’s tastes. However, if you’re looking for something new, experimental, and intense, give this album a listen. It will be something you didn’t know you wanted, and it will leave you wanting more.