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MCK - EP Review: Hot Sounds

10 Mar 2021 // A review by Bethany Mountford

Hot Sounds brings a sinuous step up from MCK’s Confessions EP released last year. The new four track EP keeps the silky lo-fi base, which has foregrounded previous tracks, and builds on it with a new energy. Track one - Tell Me – begins with a muted, underwater beat and drops quickly into the smooth vocals that characterise all of the following tracks.

This liquidity flows through to the second track and first single from the EP – Muse. Here it becomes the almost eerily ethereal backdrop to what is an otherwise pleasant, stereotypically feminine lament. A very vocally-driven track, a lot of elements of the backing track seem almost distracting.

Track four – Better (feat. Wells) – marks a definite high point in the EP, for me at least. It’s the second single and really stands out for a few reasons. I found in this track a disconnect between lyrical content and musical energy in that the lyrics are of heartbreak yet it is so careless and fun musically. Still, something worked. It tapped into that bittersweet energy of pop music that bands like The 1975 exemplify.

The EP ends sentimentally with the twinkly dreamscape of Trippin' Up. Big, repeated chorus and a really nice little guitar part nestled in there. All round a fitting way to end a gentle, trendy EP with mainstream potential. Depending on your preference this EP can be anything from chill-lo-fi-beats-to-study-to, to bedroom dancing before a night out.

Rating: ( 3 / 5 )
 

About MCK

Mckenzie Comer disappeared from the industry and her burgeoning fan base at 16 after being discovered on YouTube by a Nashville music executive in 2010. Taking the time to hone her creativity out of the spotlight, she focused on finding her feet independently — allowing her to flourish as a songwriter and producer in her early 20's. Establishing her own artistic direction and reigniting her sense of self in the process, she returned in 2018 under MCK with Magnets and Sensitive, followed by a self-produced EP called Confessions in 2020.

It’s been a big year for the Auckland artist, already releasing two singles, Muse and Better from her next EP titled Hot Sounds which was co-written and co-produced by Josh Naley (Wells*).


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