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Bug Teeth is the solo project of 19 year old Poppy Johnson - hailing from Chelmsford, she studies English literature and creative writing in amidst the bustling music scene of Norwich.
After writing lyrics and melodies for years, it was 2015 when Poppy began making dreamy ambient pop to set her words to music using only a laptop and a guitar. Creating and recording in the space of her bedroom, production is achieved entirely using an interface and Logic.
With an idiosyncratic sound awash in delay and reverse reverb, Bug Teeth takes influence from many bands of the late 80s and early 90s, particularly in the shoegaze movement. The styles of My Bloody Valentine and Beach House is combined with layers of synth-rich emotional ambience, characteristic of Jon Hopkins and Brian Eno. Combining these layers with 'sincere' poetic lyrics in vocals that have been compared to Grimes, Florist, and Cocteau Twins alike, Bug Teeth's 'sweet and honest' music is both complex and completely simple.
After a long period of not releasing music at all, her first year of university starting in 2017 brought about Bug Teeth's first formal releases onto Bandcamp; 'Serotonin', 'Raspberry', 'Moth (Jasmine's Song)', 'Confetti Death' and finally 'Forests on the Way There' were afterwards released elsewhere in the form of an EP. This project, entitled 'When All the World Has Gone to Bed', was followed by the releases of singles 'How to Decay Gracefully' and Emily. All releases can be found to download and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Deezer, and Tidal.
With her gigging debut being playing at Norwich Oxjam in November 2018, Poppy's style becomes more prominent live, using a loop pedal with her guitar to slowly build up her music until it "comes together in an ambient, atmospheric symphony." Singing and playing guitar alongside a backing track containing pre-recorded synths and drumbeats, her live setup is extremely simple and personalised to just her on stage.
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