No Thank You John is the moniker of Chattanooga musician John Cotton, and it's the avenue through which he explores some unique and radiant electronic pop wavelengths. Over the last few years, he's spent time finding communal circuits and pathways linking pop and electronic music, finding and fusing an original aesthetic merging these two sounds. Taking bits and piece from dream pop, electro pop and ambient music, he creates a noise that's refreshing in its lack of artifice and overexposure. These sounds move fluidly from one rhythm to the next, linking together to create an undulating mass of wondrous electronic textures and pop ornamentation.
Cotton has released a string of EPs and singles since he first began working as No Thank You John back in 2015. Most recently, he paired up with Rachelle Barr (of Dream Jurnal) for a track called "Bottom," which found them wandering through a landscape of synth-pop wobbles and aqueous electronics. Since then, he's been working on a new 5-song EP called "Dark," which is finished and set to be released sometime later this year.
In anticipation of this upcoming release, Cotton has shared a video for "Dance on the Ceiling," a new song from "Dark" that gives us a glimpse into the synth washed harmonies that we might expect to explore when it comes out. Directed and edited by Stuart, the clip is an amalgam of random videos spliced together, creating a fractured non-narrative that works especially well in the context of these opaque sounds and rhythms. Nothing is explained, and everything is unusual. And, really, that's true of Cotton's work as a whole. He allows us to succumb to his creativity, to submerge ourselves in his musical subconscious. He offers few answers but explores themes of universal consequence. And "Dance on the Ceiling" is a perfect example of this, a track that's soaked in gauzy melodies and impressionistic patterns -- as intangible as a dream and every bit as powerful.