If there was ever a proven formula for how to produce a transcendent three-minute pop tune, then it arguably lies within the combination of melancholic yet cathartic lyrics, a contrastingly uplifting melody, and a voice derived from an old heart and a weary soul that can instantly connect with any listener.
It is a simple yet winning formula which Brighton tunesmith Mi’das has sought to replicate in his own musical craft to successful effect, as he does on his new single Feels Like Only Yesterday.
The title is an apt choice and the wistful, nostalgic lyrics, which reflect on the freedom of youth away from the confines of adulthood, are impeccably framed within a stirring minor-key melody that doffs its cap to the R’n’B and soul sound of the 70’s. The influence of Stevie Wonder is heavily present in the jaunty piano hook and mellifluous vocal turn.
If you listen very closely to the opening few seconds of the track, you can even hear what seems to be the sound of a cassette tape being slotted and tuned in, which adds a suitably sentimental touch to proceedings. It is a track which is heavily indebted to the sounds of the past, and yet still manages to be at once relevant and refreshing.
Musically, it isn’t much of a departure from the previous three EP’s – Glow, Grow and Stronger respectively – which is far from being a criticism. Mi’das unashamedly wears his musical influences on his sleeve, and his ‘retro soul’ sound is one which works for him and defines him as an artist. Where he has evolved is in the confidence of his songwriting, and Feels Like Only Yesterday brims with vigour and verve of the type that can only come from an artist completely free of any creative inhibition.
It is perhaps in some ways a blessing that Mi’das is still a close guarded secret and largely removed from the mainstream, instead preserved for the pure music obsessives. With the release of his upcoming debut album All Inside Your Head, due for release early next year, he can expect to see his current following extend considerably.
If you have, by a sheer stroke of luck along with respectable aural taste, stumbled across the music of Mi’das, you will once again fail to be disappointed. For those just finding him out, Feels Like Only Yesterday serves as the ideal starting point to an artist for whom tomorrow and beyond promises to be as rose-tinted as his music.
You can see Mi’das perform, along with Lánre and Mariella West, at Project Light Agency’s Acoustic Soul Night #2′ event in Marwood Coffee, Brighton, on Tues 3 Nov.
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