At what point does a song overstep being a homage or a pastiche into being just too much of a ripoff then?
Been hearing him talking about sadcore (read: Red House Painters) and it’s influence on his new record (which he’s pretty self-regarding about). I was just about fine with his clear RHP fixation on the last single and was just about fine with it on the new one… until that chorus. I mean, really?
He’s not only nicked the melody from one RHP song but lifted the lyrics/themes from another.
It’s a shame, because it’s kinda lovely stuff, albeit in a rather studied way, but when that chorus comes in, I’m cringing hard at the brazen theft on display. Am I being too harsh? I guess he’s banking on a bunch of listeners not knowing these tracks or something?