Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Quick-hitters:: Mixylodian

To be honest, when Shane and I saw the name Mixylodian in our inbox, we kind of laughed, traded a view jabs via MSN and went on with our day. Quirkiness and layers of synths aren't really our cup o' tea, but we always say we will listen to anything we are sent (ed. note - excluding anything by Captain DUI Nicklesack).

So, I decided to give their new EP - K - a spin or two. The results are interesting; sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way. It's hard to find a unique sound in Montreal these days. With so much talent (and hipsters), almost any idea worth trying out has been done, but it must be said that Mixylodian is trying something a bit different. Sure, they are kind of boy/girl vocal dance-y pants, heavy on casios and pounding drums (and bicycle bells), but they play with static and feedback nicely (Tiger) and have a little bit of alt-country undercurrents running through some of the tracks.

My favorite track - River of Milk - not only drops "schmo" out of nowhere, but adds horns, hand claps, heavy breathing and echo filled guitar. The real treat is the vocal interplay between Claire and the boys. Her feminine touch really makes the song more accessible and less - well - like every other synth band out there. Then, out of nowhere it shifts gears and the band uses a static-y, banjo filled outro.

I have to be honest; I don't listen to this type of music very often, so tracks like Free for All are kind of take em or leave em. But if you are into casios and shaking your money maker, you'd be wise to check out the songs on their myspace. I do like how Free For All uses a reggae influenced keyboard line and more banjo. I guess that's why these songs got more than a quick listen and dismissal. It might not be in my wheelhouse, but the band is trying some interesting things and catches you offguard on more than one occassion.

Clara and the Pixies shows the band doesn't need to pound on the synths and drive the energy to a frantic pace. The swirling textures and restrained build helps the listener relax for a few seconds, before the band moves into a classic guitar/rock opera style. It's a bold choice for an EP but the risk pays off.



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