Promote This is a long-running NadaMucho.com feature wherein we write about songs and videos by emerging and unsigned bands. This installment includes Moped Genius, Mosquito and Sci-Fi Fantasy Horror.
Moped Genius – “Multiverse” (EP)
John Conner, front man of Seattle pop/rock band Lights From Space, has stepped out into the ever-so-alluring realm of “solo artist” with Multiverse, a short trip through the process of genius. From the production to the thoughtful lyrics, his solo project, Moped Genius, sounds like what the best bands should sound like: a full sound, carefully thought out arrangements, and expertly delivered, these are pop songs with a glaze of indie affect to let the kids know he didn’t try too hard.
The best track on Multiverse is the quirky “In Your Eyes,” which plays like the sound track of an 8bit video game performed with a full electronic orchestra with haunting yet unpretentious vocals. – Tim Basaraba
Mosquito – “Mystic” / “Golden Soldier”
Moody, jangly guitars open “Mystic” from this Istanbul rock band, giving way to fuzzy riffs and heavy drums, then Cobain-styled yelled vocals… and the song’s melody evokes the late-80s/early 90s penchant for two chords, dynamic volume changes, and a pile of coolness. “Golden Soldier,” also from Mosquito’s recent Synesthesia EP, is more jagged and punky, but still landing smack dab in the middle of the (sorry in advance) “grunge” era aesthetic. Not as heavy – calling Mr. Endino! – but certainly worth a listen for fans of the “Seattle Sound.” – Abe Beeson
Sci-Fi Fantasy Horror – “R R”
I’m not sure what I expected when I took the time to play a track from Sci-Fi Fantasy Horror, but it definitely wasn’t “R R,” a gorgeous, devastating slow song with eerie melodies like the ones you find in the best work by Grizzly Bear or Elliot Smith. It’s the kind of track I keep coming back to becuse it just seems like there’s more to find. – Matt Ashworth