Performing as Emotional, Brian Wakefield is a Melted Toys player, turned vintage synth pop crooner after relocating from SF to LA. It's almost pre-written that leaving the Nor Cal rockist haven for the sunspotted So Cal empire would lead to a creative shift towards damaged cool and drum machines. Wakefield's Emotional project is aptly coined, as he meanders through the rubble of an abandoned side of town, a loner with only a guitar to transmit his pain.
With shoegazer on his resume, Wakefield takes to "Pain For Pleasure" with plenty of patience and a lingering affinity for heavy reverb. The kitschy-tools of lo-fi collide with the woozy sway of synth pop, particularly of the R&B ilk, and for good measure he lets it all deteriorate into a syrupy crawl. It might read like a recipe for disaster, Wakefield is just the letterman jacket-clad frontman to pull it off with grace.
Stick around for an surprise ending that will take you back to those glorious 90s teen movies.