Mipso (from the album Edges Run)
Edges Run, the recent release from North Carolina-based Mipso, gives an audio example of how the band has grown over the course of four album releases. Wisely, the quartet keep the same sound subtleties that made the music of Mipso so damn interesting on first listen. The band have a light touch for their instruments that survives the heft and force of the delivery that expands with each release. While the songs on Edges Run face the ending of a relationship (“Take Your Records Home”) Mipso cradle the finality sadness with tender strums and the whisper of percussion while a more hurried groove smoothly glides along underneath “Moonlight”.
The Folk music of Mipso stretches out on Edges Run. The use of pedal steel guitar on the recording provides a western breeze to temper the loss of fading memories in “Golden Kettle”, a thick bass line and the patter of percussion offer a restless noir texture to the four-wall confessional of a once happy home in “Didn’t Know Love” as an ebb/flow emotional promise rises in “Oceans”. The story themes on Edges Run are dark in their drama as the tales stare deep into mirrors of self-awareness. Recorded in Portland, Oregon in the dead of winter, the gloomy skies became the stage setting as Mipso faced change in their personal lives, the band noting that ‘we were beginning to feel, probably for the first time, that youth was more behind us than ahead, and so I think we were all feeling different pressures closing in’. A wall separates then and now as Mipso gain appreciation for what has been given away in “People Change” as male/female vocals takes sides for “Pay in Full” and years passing blend with current temperament in “All Behind Me Now” as Edges Run traces multiple paths for a kaleidoscopic beat through its title track.
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