Jack Stauber is a Synthwave/"Micropop"/Bedroom indie artist on YouTube and Bandcamp. His appeal lies not just in his nostalgic, lofi sound and unique vocals but in his whimsical, retraux, and often downright bizarre music videos.
He has released 5 albums:
- Finite Form (2013)
- Viator (2015)
- Pop Food (2017)
- HiLo (2018)
- Jack Stauber's Micropopnote (2019)
Tropes found in his music include:
- Author Appeal: Jack has a tooth collection. As such, many of his videos have teeth used as props.
- Body Horror: Quite a few of his videos feature this.
- Evolving Music: Jack's first album, "Finite Form", sounds like your standard techno indie album. "Viator" is a largely experimental album featuring a lot of brief samples and improvised songs. "Pop Food" is the first big jump into his current style, featuring two of his most iconic pieces, "Buttercup" and "Oh Klahoma". "HiLo"'s songs, meanwhile, show off Jack's new style in it's entirety, featuring all of the off-the-wall lyrics and sounds he's known for. Fast forward yet another year and you have his Micropops, which are expansions of his samples and experimental pieces.
- Gut Punch: The Ballad of Hamantha really packs one of these.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: It doesnt help that the lyrics are rarely provided. Goldie takes it Up to Eleven by running it through a talkbox-like filter.
- Last Note Nightmare: Cunk is a mellow, catchy song until the last few seconds. Then? Get ready for random electronic noise.
- "Hope" is catchy and energetic up to the last few seconds.
- Madness Mantra: The lima bean mans I HOPE SHES NOT DEAD.
- "There is no happy end, there's only just The End"
- "Just a little chunk of hope keeps me going keeps me going every day"
- Miniscule Rocking: Most of the songs uploaded to his channel last less than a minute.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Jack's Adult Swim series "SHOP: A Pop Opera" centers around an average supermarket run, featuring songs inspired by regular grocery items: milk, bread, paper towels, oatmeal, coffee, and cheese.
- Roger Rabbit Effect: Some of his videos have real people alongside animated characters.
- Retraux: Almost every single one of his videos is actually run through a VHS, creating a nostalgic effect.
- His video Goldie is animated in 16-bit pixel art.
- Some videos include clay animation and primitive CG that wouldn't seem out of place on 1980's-1990's Nickelodeon.
- "Pumpkin Song" goes a step further by emulating rubber-hose style cartoons.
- Surprise Creepy: "Lima Bean Man" is relatively lighthearted... until halfway through the video.
- The Ballad Of Hamantha could be considered to fit this too, if you're a first time listener.
- Surreal Music Video: Goes without saying.
- You Bastard!: Implied by the increasingly distressed and unhinged tone in the Lima Bean Man's voice in the song "Lima Bean Man" as you and Sabrina fail to send him to the moon by balloon. Especially since Sabrina regularly checks for him to watch him sing his distress call while she continuously fails to help him.
- Your Cheating Heart: Implied in "Two Time," where the narrator seems to hop from person to person.