Toronto artist Bossie, aka Anne Douris, announced her debut album, Not Pictured, will arrive April 27 on Culvert Music, premiering a video for the single “Strawberry Moon” yesterday via Blackbook. Throughout the album’s 9 tracks Bossie blends retro-infused new wave, glam rock and synth-pop confronting the demons of adulthood and coming of age in a digital world. Bossie will perform April 7 in Toronto at Lee’s Palace supporting Born Ruffians before celebrating May 5 at Baby G with Language Arts.
Of the track+video, Bossie stated, Growing up as girls, messages about how we should look and behave come at us from all sides, so you’re constantly carrying around these expectations. It’s overwhelming. The director, Allison Johnston, and I wanted to visualize that by physically building this overwhelming world through the looking glass. We wanted it to look as bizarre and over-the-top as it can sometimes feel to be a woman. So I constructed these colossal make-up products as a way of showing how these images of “beauty” are not only ridiculous and disorienting but literally a huge burden.
Douris has been creating music under the Bossie moniker since 2015 releasing a string of acclaimed singles. Her debut, “Meteor”, was picked up by both the NME & DIY in the UK, who stated respectively, “This enticing glitch-pop number is a real stunner – a pop product as addictive as candy,” and “[Bossie] makes some of the giddiest, most alive-sounding synth pop this side of CHVRCHES.” “Tell It All” led Noisey to state, “Bossie has a knack for 80s glitch-pop that calls on all the greats from Cyndi Lauper to Carly Rae Jepsen.” While “There Will Be Time” led Stereogum to say, “After Taylor and Carly, there’s no one swinging that ‘80s pop hammer with more grace than Bossie.” Bossie has been featured FASHION magazine, and was included in the Toronto Star’s “Five Torontonians To Watch In 2016”.
A candied and often candy-coloured pop-pixie, Bossie’s roller-disco bass grooves and glittering guitars evoke an eighties revivalism that is both wildly fun and deeply wistful. Not Pictured is a pop album about modern culture, consumerism, social media and the pressures women confront in the 21st century.