Toronto-based electronic producer and singer-songwriter Pusher continues to lure in fans with his radiant and colorful hits, especially his latest single, "Fall Apart."
Martin Bernie (Pusher) has made waves in the electronic music scene through his artistic versatility that never fails to wow the listener. Most known for his dance, pop, and jazz influence, Pusher has received the opportunities to tour alongside acts like The Chainsmokers, Zeds Dead, and Phantoms. His music has also appeared in television shows such as Broad City, Siesta Key, and The Ellen Show.
Recently releasing his debut full-length album, 'Stay-At-Home Popstar,' the record is said to be a tongue-in-cheek, optimistic, apocalyptic album to enjoy as you watch civilization collapse. The album's second piece, "Fall Apart," offers a radiant embodiment of the entire album while gracing our speakers with incredible production skill and sonic depth.
Diving into the track "Fall Apart," the song opens with a glimmering array of synths and upbeat drum breaks that pierce our speakers with nothing but passion and life. As Pusher's vocals appear, he begins to sing of falling in debt and never getting out; however, it won't matter much once the ocean rises, and we're left fighting for our lives.
This track offers some comical similarities to Bo Burnham, as the nihilistic approach delivers this carefree atmosphere that leaves us savoring each moment we have on this plane. As the sparkling sonics continues to push through our speakers, a jazzy saxophone solo leads the way to the outro while closing the song with nothing but heart, soul, and distorted electronic sonics.
There's no better song to play when watching the world "Fall Apart" than Pusher's latest hit, which you can find on his debut album, 'Stay-At-Home Popstar,' available on all digital streaming platforms.
Explore more of Pusher and his debut album, 'Stay-At-Home Popstar,' here.
What an exciting and realistic venture you've taken us on with your recent hit, "Fall Apart." What inspired you to write a piece based on not caring for day-to-day stressors when, in reality, the world is close to ending?
Life inspires art. Being apathetic is useless in day-to-day life, putting it into a song is just a good way to get it out of my head.
What impact did you want to make on your audience with "Fall Apart"? What thoughts did you want to evoke with your realistic lyrical content?
My mission with the whole album was to cut through the BS of conventional songwriting and say some things that I’d say as a normal person. I’ve grown to dislike lyrics that aren’t about anything that affects my life. Other people can write them, and I’ll enjoy listening to a lot of them, but it’s not what I like making. As far as evoking specific emotions, I see my job as creating stuff. It’s not up to me how people receive that, though I can learn from it if I feel like it.
Why did you choose to offer this radiant, sparkly, and colorful sonic background for "Fall Apart?" How do the sonics amplify your lyrical message?
It’s a juxtaposition and a journey. The nihilistic lyrics are contrasted with a sparkly, shiny, clean, heavy production that’s sort of like how our culture is so entertainment and consumerism based while the planet becomes unlivable. So fun, right? It’s a journey in that it takes us from this big, loud, synthy, sprawling production, then the song literally implodes on itself and we’re left with a much smaller, less advanced world at the end. The end is like a song around a campfire, clinging to the remains of the world that once was.
Would you say that "Fall Apart" embodies the core theme and approach of your debut album, 'Stay-At-Home Popstar'?' How does this song capture the essence of your debut album?
Yeah, it’s a good introduction to the whole concept. Juxtaposing slick overproduction with realistic language in the lyrics and everyday reality reflected in the concepts. Having the form and aesthetic of each song comment directly on the meaning of the song in one way or another. It also introduces some musical themes that come back later in the album. I’d like it to offer an alternative vision of what making music can be about in a world where songwriting is so often just to create the soundtrack or wallpaper for parties, exercise, studying. It’s not a good commercial strategy to create something that's not background music, but ideally, a person will stop doing other things and listen to the album for 28-or-so minutes. I know it’s asking a lot, and who am I to make such demands of innocent people, but that’s the idea.