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Mecuzine - Single Review: Blue Skies

15 Mar 2021 // A review by Mike Alexander

The slim-line edition of Mecuzine - brothers Joseph and Tony Johns – seems to have gained more than it might have seemingly lost.

Blues Skies is the second single released since five became two and it’s another brooding, sonic masterpiece with an but almost tragically self-effacing punch line: “She wanted him to stay/Instead she got me/What an unlucky break”.

The arrangements are tautly woven over a lovely rolling bass line and fuzzy electric guitar and then understated piano and acoustic guitar before the vocal drapes the narrative in a blanket of emotional tension and mystery.

And when Blue Skies appears to have run its course, the sonics really start to deep etch with a screechingly short but effective guitar solo and a stunning piano jam that’s almost buried in the mix but carries the weight of a “blue, blue sky falling, wash away my world”.

Epic.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Mecuzine

Mecuzine – The Band

Mecuzine delivers a high-intensity performance, that keeps their audience engaged throughout each well-polished set. Combined, the two pieces bring with them years of experience from both a live performance perspective, as well as from in the studio.
Originally a 5-piece rock band, with their new minimized line-up, Joseph and Tony had to reinvent not just how they performed their music on stage but also how they conveyed their musical ideas. Going back to their beginnings, the duo first recalled the music throughout their lives that inspired them. Next, they looked at what defines popular music in the modern world. With that in mind, they have re-imagined their own music to bridge old and new and create their own sonic sound.

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Releases

Cutting Strings
Year: 2018
Type: Album

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