Written By: Mandi Lauren Nowitz
Seth Bogart is not hiding behind any facade with his self-titled album “Seth Bogart,” as he was previously part of Hunx and His Punx, going by the name Hunx prior to the Seth Bogart release. He took this album far more seriously than he had any other of his projects as it took more than two years to complete. Usually, Bogart took under a week and he called it a day but he invested more because: “I wanted to make something that I would look back and still really love later. It’s like a weird teenager’s version of an adult album, I guess. But I just mean that in the sense where I took it super seriously and worked on it for a long time…” As long as he is proud of where he is with this album and the tracks on it, then that is all that matters and that is being true to yourself. Bogart added to nylon.com: “Cole and I worked off and on on it for over two years and didn’t really stop writing songs till we felt like we had 12 that made sense together. In the past, I always recorded an album in five days or less, so this was a totally new way of working for me.”
Running at around forty-four minutes, “Seth Bogart” boasts twelve tracks, all unique and all different but definitely one that he should be proud of. So, does Bogart have a favorite track off his his self-titled album? He added to nylon.com that: “Definitely ; ‘Forgotten Fantazy,’ followed by ‘Lubed’ and ‘Sunday Boy.’ I honestly love every song, though.” Looks like he did make a record that he would be proud of for many years to come but what about an outsiders perspective, i.e. me? I am intrigued, to say the least, at the art/deco/pop new-wave that Bogart has created, especially with “Eating Makeup (feat. Kathleen Hanna),” which made our top LGBTQ+ songs of 2016. The video alone is a force to be reckoned with and would give a puppeteer envy, for sure. “What kind of color looks good on my face? What kind of makeup am I gonna get to taste? You make me wanna throw my blood right out the window. I can paint the part but I’d love to skip the intro.” These are very common questions I am sure those who are make-up fans ask but to do it in a creative song way? This is novel and almost reminiscent of something that should be on Broadway.
His videos are so “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “Club With Me,” the sixth track, is extraordinarily quirky. I wondered, at the beginning, if it was a joke but then the chorus kicks in and it’s really a musical beauty. His voice has this power and flow that I wish we could have seen more of. It is as if he is two different people when he sings; one for the chorus and one for the rest. It’s an interesting mix and definitely fun for club kids. “Plastic!” is just an upbeat and go-with-the-flow song. I like how the whole song, though not without its quirks, is somewhat seamless. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Bogart. If you are looking for something different yet extremely creative and unlike the rest in your music collection, I would definitely suggest you check out Seth Bogart.