Feel good electronic, synth-pop with hints of new wave, rock and indie are what awaits anyone who comes across the ever-intriguing der Mist. Comprised of Craig McKissick and Ali Whitty, der Mist is gracing everyone’s eardrums with their upcoming self-titled debut album.
The 14 track masterpiece is overflowing with catchy upbeat instrumentals, engaging lyricism and fun energy to get everyone bopping along. Topped off with a pleasing album structure, including an interlude, der Mist has created a project that will score your lockdown with pure joy.
Listeners were exposed to the potential of the forthcoming drop with ‘It’s Alright’ released January 15th. The track is a real snapshot of the album as a whole; infectious synths play over lyrics discussing a real mantra for the last year’s worth of pandemics and lockdowns, with ad-libs that add a real sing-along vibe to the song.
The single also allows listeners to experience the effortless fusion weaved throughout the debut, with indie and rock nuances littering the otherwise electronic pop-orientated music. ‘It’s Alright’ is merely a sample, but it’s a sample that will have you hooked with its 80’s influence and modern feel.
The album has some real highlights. ‘This Life’, drips with rock-worthy riffs and subtle yet effective synth usage: ‘In My Dreams’ is reminiscent of a 2000’s alt-indie hit (think The Kooks) with electronic flair and ‘Music on the Radio’ screams energised Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Just when you think no more genres could be explored, ‘Life is Flashing’ mixes in some spoken lyrics stylistically paced to mirror hip hop motifs. Other tracks such as ‘Red Light’ offer the listener something new once again, combing heavy electronic components with a politically charged speech that appears throughout the song.
Each piece of the album is expressive, striking and melds well with the other features. No song feels out of place, and the structure of the whole debut is noteworthy in itself. Each track brings out the best of its neighbours without being overshadowed.
Overall, der Mist has created an authentic musical experience that shows talent and an inherent love of music, which is proved further through their use of vlogs to chart their progress as artists as well as their upcoming releases.
There is no bad song on this album; each one offers up something slightly different to keep the metaphorical party going. der Mist should be on your one’s to watch list for sure.
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Words by Ellen Oakley
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