There is no doubt in my mind that you have not heard many musicians that sound like the Los Angeles based musicians Mystic Pete, and with their sonically eclectic album BassPop it is clear that they are marching to the beat of their very own drum.
Genre bending is now the norm when it comes artists trying to find their own voices, and for critics trying to create the perfect box to fit them in. For the unique Mystic Pete it is going to be a very difficult task to find a label that can stick to their sound. The opening track Halloween Night is one part dubstep, one part theatrical and operatic, and another part industrial, and it is all things interesting. The lead vocals on this song are much like a dark Gwen Stefanie meets upbeat Portishead.
The track Goodbye channels a softer side of the band, and showcases some very beautiful female vocals. It grows from a slower ballad to a more upbeat track throughout, and my only real issue was the somewhat goofy “wom-wom” sound that played in the background relentlessly.
The one thing you notice almost instantly throughout the album is the almost worldly feel to it. Many songs sound like they are swimming in international waters. From the way the vocals are sung to the eclectic instruments throughout, it just feels like a journey across parts of the globe.
The final track The Lovers would be my choice for the albums single as it encompasses everything about this bands particular dynamic style, and I think for many artists looking for something unique and fresh, this track would be that particular song to take note of.
The album as a whole is interesting. There are some aspects that I find really work, and other aspects that I found a bit much for their sound, one being the very dubstep nature added in to every track, and of course take this with a grain of salt so to speak, because dubstep has always been lost on me.
If you are looking for an album that lives strictly within the art realm and not aimed at the top 40 charts, this is your album.
Written By: Ryan Donnelly