Zack Villere’s Little World took the aesthetic of his Soundcloud work under the name Fro-Yo Ma to its natural conclusion. The “video game pastorals,” as I referred to them when I reviewed the album in 2017, were small gems, and the lyrics and singing that were new to his art with the release of the album were charmingly artless.
On Little World, Zack Villere sounds like he was born the day Prince recorded “Christopher Tracy’s Parade” and has spent his life examining his birthright. Without a Paisley Park at his disposal, Villere scales down his psychedelic pop/funk soundscape to the limits of his laptop, and his vision is less luxe—more Under the Whataburger Sign than Under the Cherry Moon.
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When I interviewed electronic artist Zack Villere in 2016, he saw a future as a singer.
“There are so many different facets to pop music that I can make what I want if I call it pop,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s pop like Justin Timberlake pop, but it might be. You never know what the next wave of popular music will sound like.”