No Mythologies To Follow (CD)


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03/10/2014

With a YouTube related-videos column populated by the likes of Grimes, FKA Twigs & Rhye, MØ has been zeitgeist situated before I even really begin to listen to her music. That is to say, I am being told to expect more sensuous art'n'b, probably with a generous dose of skittering hihats and murky synth pads. As it turns out this is neither correct nor incorrect, but the relationship YouTube's algorithms propose is an excellent fulcrum by which to ask ourselves questions about No Mythologies To Follow, which, regardless of its cultural location, is pretty good.

Karen Marie Ørsted AKA MØ is, first of all, not Grimes. Though she might have more in common with Grimes' pop and less with the r'n'b vibes, setting her apart from the rest of the related-videos column, her voice has more diva in it than Claire Boucher's. Ørsted has a pretty big voice, on par with more mainstream divadom, but watching her move in her music videos and hearing the guttural vocal quirks on her record assures us she's far too weird to get picked up to open for Miley (yet). As for a comparison to FKA Twigs, the ubiquitously semi-tropical trappist 808 sound is there, but with none of the stumbling worldliness, replaced by the surefire soca-psyche-bombast of a Diplo guest spot, once again, catapulting her into a sure-footed landing within the pop realm. As a result, Rhye becomes, perhaps, the most fitting reference point of all.

MØ's album was produced by Ronni Vindahl, who by a single degree of separation connects her to Rhye's Woman. Robin Hannibal, Vindahl's partner in the No Wav production team, arranged the record for Rhye and, while Woman got lumped in with records like INC.'s in 2013, it was poppier as its sales and airplay attested. This is not a value judgement and in fact it serves as a compliment. No Mythologies To Follow is refreshingly anthemic, refreshingly pop in a field littered with unremembered-nostalgia for an r'n'b they may or may not have real ties to. MØ's Danish relationship feels more earnest, a relationship formed by listening to the stuff that made it to the radio and aspiring towards that bombast. Great debut.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Fire Rides
03:27
2.
Maiden
03:46
3.
Never Wanna Know
04:13
4.
Red in the Grey
03:46
5.
Pilgrim
03:52
6.
Don't Wanna Dance
03:15
7.
Waste of Time
03:35
8.
Dust Is Gone
03:49
9.
XXX 88
03:41
10.
Walk This Way
03:42
11.
Slow Love
03:37
12.
Glass
03:17

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