Release Date: Oct 23, 2020
Record label: Arbutus Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Ambient Pop
Since relocating from his native Poland, solo operation Better Person, a. k. a.
From the start, Something to Lose is evidently a more elegant, expansive articulation of Byczkowski's out-of-time sound. Opener "Na Zawsze" ("Forever" in Polish) is slow-moving and lush, like a ream of chiffon - reminiscent of the ballads of Roxy Music , or the recent sonic worlds of Perfume Genius . It's something of a recalibration of longing: Where 2017 single "Zakochany Człowiek" ("A Man in Love") was self-contained and tentative in its melancholy, here, Byczkowski's voice and production both soar - in a step further towards the pristine sound of artists such as The Blue Nile and Aztec Camera .
Since relocating from his native Poland to Berlin, Adam Byczkowski, better known as Better Person, has been building his reputation for silky European sophisti-pop. Byczkowski’s work in the underground Berlin scene earned him an opening slot with fellow synth pop devotees TOPS and a chance creative connection with MGMT’s Ben Goldwasser. With Goldwasser providing his production talents to Something to Lose, Better Person’s debut record hones his aesthetic, soaked in melodrama, 1980s schmaltz, and wistful torch songs.