Mild High Club – Skiptracing - 2016 R+B Indie Rock Acid Jazz - Sealed LP
Mild High Club - Skiptracing
Label: Stones Throw Records – STH2373
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Released: Aug 26, 2016
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Indie Rock
A3 Cary Me Back
A5 Head Out
B3 Chasing My Tail
B4 Ceiling Zero
B5 Chapel PerilousB6 Skiptracing (Reprise)
''Brettin’s background in jazz studies is readily on display here, and cuts like the understated ‘Head Out’ present perhaps the biggest contrast. Brushed, swirling drums and delightful, off-kilter piano shine in the absence of distracting guitars and excessive sonic texturing, revealing an attention to detail rarely present on ‘Timeline’.‘Tesselation’ also represents an impressive step forward. With bouncy keys bringing to mind the R&B-influenced stylings of instrumental outfits like Vulfpeck, the fourth track on ‘Skiptracing’ does well to combine the best facets of ‘Timeline’ with Brettin’s increased willingness to explore the more soulful side of indie-rock. Smooth jazz phrasings and a lounge-style vibe pair ever-so-well with one of Brettin’s characteristically seductive and sleazy guitar licks. Its elevator music meets bass-face funk rock meets 60s psychedelia (in the best possible way).'' (ClashMagazine)
The title track provides the album with undoubtedly its most pop-friendly moments. Expertly faded in drums, festive percussion, and jangly guitars all feel organic and inviting, and Brettin’s vocal melodies blend in seamlessly. Fit for any summer playlist, Mild High Club’s warped take on bossa nova more than makes the grade.
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