Single review: Mi’das ‘Feels Like Only Yesterday’ – ‘Wistful lyrics are impeccably framed within a stirring minor-key melody’

AfterDark’s Dean Hodge reviews the new single by Mi’das (out now).

MidasChairGoldShadUpIf 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. Continue reading