Psychedelic Rock singer-songwriter Def.fo recently released ‘Play It Cool’ on the 1st of September. Inspired by early Tame Impala sounds, it’s a kaleidoscopic piece of psychedelic rock. Based in Liverpool, the son of a cult record producer, Tom Powell aka Def.fo has been writing songs since the age of three. Enlisting an array of studio big guns for this artistic endeavor, the track was mixed by Roy Merchant (Omar, M.I.A, Basement Jaxx) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Kasabian, The Red Hot Chili Peppers).
With its phaser rich guitars, compressed drums and washed out vocals, it’s a retro feeling track with a clear contemporary edge. However, the true essence of ‘Play It Cool’ lies in its message— a pertinent and poignant response to a culture engrossed in Social Media and Technology. Serving as a reminder to stand at attention, and tune out the noise around us.
With its low-fi and loud sound, and rich psychedelic color palette, ‘Play It Cool’ successfully merges past and the present to create an enigmatic euphony of sounds. Adding to the song’s dreamy allure, the music video accompanying the single is a captivating parody-homage to the iconic Tarantino/Tony Scott film, True Romance.