After the events of this election, indie artist Dan Webb felt compelled to share his feelings in the one way he knew how: through music. The Australian prog pop musician plans to release the new album, “Oedipus the King," on Jan. 20th, which is no coincidence. The first single released from the album, “Let Them Eat Cake” recently dropped, and gives a peek into the upcoming musical endeavors of Webb’s latest creation.

Eat the cake

Besides being a political progressive’s lyrical wet dream, the new single “Let Them Eat Cake” harkens back to that mid 90’s electro-grunge phase made famous by groups like Nine Inch Nails and Filter.

The single is a multi-layered, synth-filled monster that’s well crafted, and manages to get a message across without forsaking the quality of the music. The stellar production and industrial groove of the single compliments Webb’s spoken lyrical form well.

The album

For the most part, “Oedipus the King” showcases Webb’s gift for taking disparate musical genres and fusing them into a cacophony of electronic rebellion. The record at times is heavy and quite dense, basking in that industrial sound present on the lead single, “Let Them Eat Cake." At other times, “Oedipus the King” ventures far out into jazz and bossa nova-type soundscapes, even though tracks are still infused with Webb’s avant-garde tendencies to liven up grooves with extraterrestrial techno-pop devices.

There is definitely a melancholy feel to this album, especially on tracks like “Looks What Become Of You” which dials up the psychedelic nostalgia of the 60’s and shoegaze bands of the early 2000’s.


The verdict for Webb’s new album, “Oedipus the King” is that it is definitely playlist-worthy. On top of the record being musically adventurous and beautifully produced, the lyrical message and political themes present in the songs provide a window into the anxieties many liberals and Millennials are feeling right now about the direction the world is going in. Good music can turn into great music when an artist actually has something to say, and Mr. Webb certainly has that.