Living on the brink of a catastrophe
Under the moniker of Mega Bog Erin Elizabeth Birgy has been creating the most adventurous pop for quite some years now. Folksongs, indie pop, jazz, disco, all mixed up into a style that is completely her own. While living in Los Angeles – with the terrifying sound of bush fires in the background – she went through a personal dark period in this world which seems to be rapidly heading towards the abyss. She decided to leave her guitar for what it was and give her synthesizer and piano a go for a while. All in search of some kind of direct healing dance songs, while the world outside was literally on fire. That the bombastic, ecstatic, dance record End of Everything, which was released in May 2023 might well be the best work Mega Bog has made up to now, says a lot about the quality level of Birgy herself as well as that of her team. For her latest album Birgy was as always assisted by a number of her great friends such as producer and drummer James Krivchenia (Big Thief), guitarist Meg Duffy (Hand Habits) and vocalist Will Westerman (Westerman). The result may very well be one of this year’s greatest albums, indeed genuinely showing that it still is possible to keep on living on the brink of a catastrophe. The record is accompanied by Erin’s first collection of poems titled The Practice of Hell Ending.