I had never heard of “Death Pop” before hearing it being referenced in relation to Minneapolis artist Gus Watkins’ project ACTN. Well, now I know what it is. But I am less interested in the genre than I am in Watkins music – he makes offbeat, moody synthpop that combines R&B style vocals with glossy electronic instrumentation – heavy on the keys and reverb. I think it comes off well in ACTN single “Body Out” which also gives its name to Watkins’ recent debut EP. Stream the track below (or watch the video here) and the rest of the tracks are also streamable at Watkins’ bandcamp. And check the facebook for more details of ACTN’s doings.