The Mietus Touch trades within a distinct blend of chilled out funk glam with the decadence of “Transcendental Souvenirs”. Color floods into the overall sound for he goes for an expansive symphonic take on these passionately felt vignettes. His voice has a delirious, intoxicating presence about it. Every lyric nicely builds off the last for there is so much joy to be found with the sound. Atmospherically dense it is easy to get lost in the dazzling number of patterns. Virtually kaleidoscopic, a certain sense of the psychedelic comes to inform much of the world. With this surreal aspect it becomes an absolute joy to simply surrender to the whims of the works.
Old school and contemporary influences abound over the course of the lush mix. The older side of things one can hear a bit of Prince’s 80s flair, for he does manage to truly focus your attention on each and every word. Delivery too does appear to draw from that particular cadence, as a few of these songs have a golden AM pop quality behind them. Within the more recent wave of groups his work fits in nicely alongside the outrageous antics of the group Of Montreal, resplendent and absolutely dripping in its hyper-pop focus. For his chiller side notes of Washed Out’s studious nostalgia and Neon Indian’s gleeful EDM flirtations also filter into the fray.
Sweet synthesizers and whispered, seductive vocals start things off in style with “Digits”. A nice limberness comes through, with the guitars blown up way up into the sky. The playful percussive elements add to the dazzling display, and the sound absolutely sparkles. For whatever reason the reference to “switchblade” reminds me of the Scottish New Wave Band Strawberry Switchblade, along with the actual sound itself. A fantastic little slow jam unfurls on the magical presence of “Send Soul” featuring a nice nod towards a more intimate sound. Poppy perfection is reached on the lovely “Edge Of Heaven”. With a VHS quality behind it “Last Lost Look” the drums on here feature a tactile quality. Buildup here gets wonderful, with the arpeggios serving as a creative counterpart to the slowed-down drum kicks. A New Romantic sensibility drives the sound forward in a way that feels so tender.
Piano has a delicacy on the jazzy “You Got Me”. Synthesized drum brushes give it an almost futuristic jazz-rock feature. Easily the highlight of the collection, the way he lets the sound grow out has a grandeur to it. On “Maybe I’m A Coyote” he has a playful disposition to it, with the glowing keyboards bringing to mind some of the jazz-rock fusion of Steely Dan, for it has a similarly ‘clean’ sound and the chops on display here feel unparalleled. A meditative spirit brings the entire album to a close with the soothing temperament of “Moon River” which ties together old school and contemporary influences to create something brand new.
Done with such flair, the Mietus Touch delves into a bit of bliss on the sultry grooves of “Transcendental Souvenirs”.