[ALBUM REVIEW] Misun: Superstitions
Although most of us have written off large meals until the next family-fueled indulgence of tasty offerings, Misun are here with a feast of new tunes that we cannot deny. Following the release of their 2012 debut EP, The Sea, the Washington-bred four-piece maintained a steady buzz with a string of self-released singles. While these served as the seeds to their self-proclaimed “aquawave” sound of eclectic pop-rock, their efforts have reached full-bloom on the debut LP, Superstitions.
Right off the bat, we’re gripped by saloon-style keys trickling down the backbone of a simple yet effectively throbbing bassline. “Eli Eli” strolls along picking up on a soulful guitar that bends around the cream-like voice of frontwoman Misun Wojcik. After being gently laid down just under the three minute marker, the chilled-out vibes of “Baby” follow with tropical organs and Wojcik’s request to “...tell me that we’re going to be together forever, baby.” Unfortunately, the honeymoon is cut short as the love boaters crash into “Battlefields” at sea. The afflicted temptress of tunes comes to terms with fact that “something inside of me is tormenting me and I wish that I could sleep…” while the troubled plucks of a guitar seem to agree that something is awry.
The album stomps down the road of an on/off relationship that yields menagerie of musical conquests. “Superstitions” and “Sun Made” serve a sophisticated dose of chilly electronic numbers that are warmed by Wild Belle-esque harmonies while “Texas to Minnesota” and “Penny” romp their way into the hearts of any appreciator of a dusty pop jam. While the attempt to broadly categorize these tasty bits of musical gold probably falls short, it further justifies the liberty taken in naming it themselves. It’s high tide folks and the sound is called “aquawave.”
While no shows are on the horizon for the now LA-based swooners, you can do your part to support the music by picking up the album that saw it’s release November 11th.