“Pathological Liar” is the intemperately glazed—yet remarkably clairvoyant—four-song debut from San Diego multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Babymafew, aka Matt Ibarra. After a notorious nine-year sojourn in Chicago, spewing lyrical bile for noise rockers Rectal Hygienics, Ibarra returned to California in 2017 and began translating half-remembered nights of Midwest nihilism into hook-laden contemporary R&B.
Behind this innocuous new moniker, Babymafew copulates reverb-sodden crooning and melodically lush synth arrangements with profligate lyrics that explore the limits of strained romance and debauched reminiscence. “Pathological Liar” is a deceptively equable listen, a musically euphoric rush that’s ironically inspired by the comedown.
Artwork by Chloe Perkis
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Ibarra at Strange Tapes Recording Chicago, IL
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Stream the demo < https://strangetapes.bandcamp.com/album/b-a-b-y-m-a-f-e-w-pathological-liar-demo