Plain Mister Smith unveils a whimsical new single, ‘New Wave Sangfroid’
Mysterious musician Plain Mister Smith released another single, ‘New Wave Sangfroid’, on December 1st, 2023 via Popoganda Records. The song features vocals from Canadian singer-songwriter Jordan Klassen. Plain Mister Smith is the alias of Mark Jowett, who keeps his identity hidden beneath a globe and top hat. Among his many other musical endeavours, Plain Mister Smith plays cello for the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received support from CLASH Mag, NOTION Mag, Under The Radar Mag, Earmilk, NOCTIS, and Atwood Mag, to name but a few.
‘New Wave Sangfroid’ sees Plain Mister Smith using new wave dance rhythms, no doubt lifted from his time in the 80s dark wave group, Moev. Coupled with folky guitars, warbling cello and lilting vocals reminiscent of 1960s psych rock, it makes for a whimsical and irreverent listening experience while also showcasing Plain Mister Smith’s diverse musical sensibilities. ‘New Wave Sangfroid’ will be enjoyed by fans of indie folk like Neutral Milk Hotel, Sufjan Stevens, and Bryce Dessner.
Plain Mister Smith divulged: “[It’s] the story of the life of a down and out new wave band trying to make it to the big-time in San Francisco in the 1980s and some of the crazy and lovely and insufferable things they experienced”.