Myths 001 is a collaboration by two artists known for their leftfield take on indie-pop. Connan Mockasin and Dev Hynes (Test Icicles, Lightspeed Champion, Blood Orange) bring underwater, breathy, and sparse, heartbreaking qualities to twisted indie-funk and post-punk on a 12” that was written and recorded as part of the Marfa Myths Festival in Texas.
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 27 October 2015
The world is a strange old place isn't it. Never would I have had Devonté Hynes down as a songwriting contender in it for the long haul. Test Icicles were outrageously bad (especially considering the talent present in the band) and he used to do my head in wandering about with those tiny little guitars everyone seems to play nowadays. I'd like to smash every one in existence.
So yeah, somehow Hynes managed to redeem himself with the Blood Orange project and now here he is collabin' with sultry aqua pop guru Connan Mockasin. There's a reason for the collab but I'll skip over that as it's not much of a tale but basically lads got together to cut a few tunes 'cause someone asked them too nicely. More importantly, the results of this collab are pretay decent, though reasonably predictable. It's obvious opener "La Fat Fur" is the work of Hayes with it's nods to 80's pop and new waves sensibilities. It's a smooth jam. I'm into the lushness of the arrangement. "Feelin' Lovely" goes a step further with Connan's trademark waterworld funk sounding not dissimilar to ELO at their whitest and funkiest. Can't go wrong with Connan if you ask me. Love that guitar tone and the blatant sexuality that permeates his entire back-catalog. Crazy guy.
Flip it and "Big Distant Crush" sounds more like a legit collaboration (as opposed the artists just guesting on each others jams) and it's a smooth as smooth can be, dripping with faux sentimentality and overly dramatic lyrics coddled by sparse rhodes, piano, pads and Mockasin's potent guitar musings. Beautiful chords. Good vibe and a totally worthy listen. Sweet move on Mexican Summer's part.
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