MISSIO - Loner
I am pretty much constantly looking for new music to listen to.
There are TONS of ways to find new music, it's 2017, there are tons of apps to find new music, Pandora, Spotify, hell if you really wanted to you could flip on your radio and there's a good chance you might hear something new. There's also a good chance you might hear the same 10 songs on repeat but that's a topic for another day...
One of the stranger ways that I search for new music is to search online stores for new artists. I happened to be on Amazon looking for new artists when I came across MISSIO. I had never heard of the band, but I liked the cover art (I'm a sucker for a band with good cover art)
The duo was formed back in 2014 and it looks like it might be time for them to get picked up by more mainstream radio stations.
How do I describe MISSIO upon first listen? Well they are classified as Electronic/Synth Pop, and I would say that is pretty accurate. However their sound, while mostly electronic, can widely vary in how it FEELS. Some songs I feel are perfect for chilling at home with your headphones on and jamming, while other songs feel as though you could hear them playing in a rave club. That's not a diss, I'm just saying this album can vary as you listen to it.
The first song, Animal is quite repetitive (as are most of their songs). Normally I can get annoyed if an artist or band uses too much repetition, however with this style of music where it's almost trance like, repetition helps to make it flourish. The verses are soft, and build to a chorus that is fantastically catchy. The song isn't perfect, but you'll be chanting "I'm an animal, you're an animal" for the rest of the day in your head.
The second track "I Do What I Want" starts with a weird electronic riff (remember that rave I mentioned earlier??). This song also has a pretty lackluster chorus with that same screeching riff. This is my most skipped track as of right now.
There are sometimes nice surprises when you listen to a new band, such as when you find out you actually have heard one of their songs before. This happened to me with "Middle Fingers" (Which by the way is easily in the top 2 songs on the album) I had actually heard this song on the radio a few times before (Shout out to Seth Kush who has played it before on DGL). This song is super chill while also being some what of a rebellions anthem. I Highly recommend this track.
I Don't Even Care About You follows the same format as I Do What I Want, but the electronic sound is less scratchy which makes the song a lot better to listen to.
The next best track, and probably my personal favorite is Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea. Even if you don't like any other song on this album, this song is just so awesome. From start to finish it has such a dark tone to it, and the music carries it very well.
By the way I haven't mentioned it yet, but the singer, Matthew Brue, has a very seductive voice. It might be a weird comparison, but the first person that comes to mind is John Mayer, not in that they sound the same, more so that they both tend to be what I call "Whisper Singers". It's like his voice never gets louder than a whisper but somehow he is still singing. I find it to be very easy to listen to.
The next couple of songs don't really add too much to the album. Kamikaze has a pretty boring chorus and KDV or (Killing Darth Vader) is definitely the worst song on the album. It is clearly made just to be played at EDM festivals. I don't know, the song just seems tasteless in an otherwise interesting album.
Twisted is a fun song. Not much more to say than that.
Everybody Gets High is probably the most unique song on the album. I'm sure there's an audience for it, but it doesn't really do much for me.
I'm just now finishing up my listen of the album, and I can pretty much say that once you make it to KDV the album changes from a chill groove to LITERALLY throwing middle fingers in your face. While the final song DWI is pretty catchy, I can't really condone someone making a song about driving while intoxicated. Unless it stands for something else in which case I have no idea what is going on in the last song.
In the end, this is a solid album with a few really stand out tracks that you should definitely give a listen to! Even if electronic music is not normally your thing, you may find that there's a little something here for everyone.
Stand out tracks: "Middle Fingers", "Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea", "Animal"
Skip these songs: "KDV", "I Do What I Want" "Everybody Gets High"
Recommended if you like: Electronic music, Plasma Ball Toys, Licking 9-V Batteries
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