“HOME IS LIKE A TOUGH LEATHER JACKET” – Mopes [official video]

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This new Mopes video pays homage to a legendary New England summertime treat!

“Del’s is a Rhode Island staple. It was a popular frozen lemonade beverage and it still is. It’s not quite Italian Ice or a Hush Puppy slushie. It’s Del’s. To keep it a buck, I currently live outside of DC and even my kids know and love Del’s.

After going down an internet blackhole, I came across this bizarre commercial for Del’s from the 1970s. Immediately, I had the idea of cutting it to “Home Is Like A Tough Leather Jacket.” I thought the visual would be a nice contrast to the song’s lyrics, as well as a nod to my home state of Rhode Island. What resulted is a beautiful, dark, and sinister video. Enjoy!” – Mopes

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Re-introducing… MOPES!

Back again for the second time, the artist formerly known as PROLYPHIC continues to build his new name and flexes a veteran perspective on UNWOUND, a new self-produced LP that reveals more about the man of multiple monikers than any project before it.

“The last 5 years for me have been an unwinding of who I was as a person, who I am as a person, what I’ve been through and where I’m going,” explains Mopes. “You can’t jump the process, and the process for me was therapy, self-reflection, and self-analysis.” The results of this time-well-spent can be felt on tracks like “Life’s A Short Term Memory” (the first video) and the first single “One That Got Away,” which take a frank, measured, and unflinching look into the world around and the world inside of Mopes. The journey continues on “Home Is Like A Tough Leather Jacket,” which revisits his Rhode Island origins and the winding road that led to where he is today.

“When a spool of thread has issues, it kinks and spins out of control, but keeps spinning until it breaks down. That’s a perfect analogy for who I’d become. For me to get back to zero and get to the root of my issues, I needed to go through the necessary task of unwinding all of that thread. I had to slowly unravel the layers to get to the core. The writing, and the title ‘Unwound,’ reflect that work,” says Mopes. The process is also represented visually in the cover artwork of Lamadomus, who designed Mopes’ self-titled debut EP in 2021.

Like that EP, “Unwound” features a classic Strange Famous posse cut – this time it’s “Introvert Party.” SFR emcees Jesse The Tree and Runt (of Jivin’ Scientists) and vocalist Lynzi Stringer (last heard on ALXNDRBRWN’s “Glow Kid” project) join Mopes to mild out in the separate-together manner the title promises. Additionally, Mopes enlisted StrangeFam stalwarts Buddy Peace on cuts, Alan Hague (Prayers For Atheists) on guitar, and Joshua Trinidad (Wheelchair Sports Camp) on trumpet, turning the project into a family affair, and helping to ensure that the introspective tone of the proceedings doesn’t weigh too heavily on the listener. The trio sprinkled their expert flourishes throughout a dozen molten slabs of grit-and-dust that make up the classic beats we’ve come to expect from Mopes.

“Unwound” is a perfect place for the uninitiated and the just-getting-reacquainted alike to get on board for the burgeoning Mopes renaissance – the multi-hyphenate has no less than a half-dozen projects in the works as either an emcee or producer (or both), some of which will surface in the year ahead, and all of which deliver his signature Strange Famous flavor like no other.

Mopes “Unwound” dropped February 18, 2022 everywhere you listen to music, and is available now at StrangeFamous.com and on Bandcamp.

Limited edition “UNWOUND” package deals including 7-Inch Lathe Cut Records, Cassettes, and T-Shirts are exclusive to StrangeFamous.com, and include digital downloads of the full digital LP!

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Video shot by Mopes and Chris Paige
Edited by Mopes
Album mixed & mastered by ALXNDRBRWN
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TRACKLIST

Life’s A Short Term Memory
Ooh How They
The Gives, The Takes
Prey With Tied Hands f/ Lynzi Stringer
Home Is Like A Tough Leather Jacket
Made In Brockton
Introvert Party f/ Jesse the Tree, Runt, Lynzi Stringer
One That Got Away
About Last Night
Grand Theft Auto Pilot f/ Lynzi Stringer
Sour With Sweet
A Parting Gift