New Zealand based Solo singer songwriter Mousey has just arrived with her debut album ‘My Friends’ and it is a record that is perfect for blissful escapism, the soundtrack to getting away from it all. It is packed full of rolling Indie soundscapes and warm guitar tones that ring of Courtney Barnett.
The standout track ‘One Dollar Wednesdays’ is a joyous offering. It opens with an uptempo drum beat and a textured bed of guitars than reflect the playful nature of the albums artwork. The vocals have a beautiful freedom to them, ascending to high notes and then sinking to more laid back tones from word to word. It then builds into a fantastically rich instrumentation of cowbells, thick drum sounds and fuzzy guitars while the line “I’ll never stop loving you” offers a heartwarming finale.
‘Pudding and Pie’ is another good demonstration of Mousey’s ability. It carries a more contemplative quality, seamlessly blending natural acoustics and digital rhythms into a slick, hypnotic beat. Like ‘One Dollar Wednesdays’ it grows hugely across the duration, building from a blissful lounge dreamscape into a huge Rock wall of sound. The vocals almost become swarmed by the big riffs and crashing drums, drifting into the background as an uplifting injection of energy takes over. It’s a great contrast to some of the calmer tones throughout the record and is a great showcase for her songwriting and arrangement capabilities.
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