Electronic Press Kit

Popular Music Plays



The group Popular Music — a new duo of Zac Pennington (née Parenthetical Girls) & Prudence Rees-Lee (aka Prudence) — are pleased to present the latest installment of their sad sack singles club, available everywhere June 12.

Written by Neil Young as the haunting title threnody for Jonathan Demme’s 1993 drama Philadelphia (shadowed only by The Boss’ Oscar-winning “Streets of Philadelphia”), Popular Music reimagine “Philadelphia” as a song of longing, sung from beyond the grave. Recorded in the echoing expanse of the 19th century barn in Upstate NY that the duo call home, “Philadelphia” is composed primarily of sounds from the Optigan, an obscure descendant of the Mellotron which uses optical discs in place of samples. 

The song is the latest single from the forthcoming full length Popular Music Plays In Darkness — a twelve-track reimagining of songs from 20th Century cinema that was conceived when the pair met in Los Angeles, and completed in a secluded corner of Upstate New York.