Moushumi – Red Like Mine EP Review

Moushumi is a twenty two year old singer songwriter from Brooklyn who provides music of sweeping and rolling atmospheric soundscapes in a similar style to London Grammar, whose sound influences her music. She has recently released her debut EP entitled Red Like Mine in which she delivers these aspects of her sound in conjunction with her soft, wistful vocals and sharper edged instrumentation. ‘Alone’ is a track that best encapsulates all of the qualities of her sound as her vocals gently roll across the direct percussion and the steady, rumbling electronica. She achieves a great balance between intimacy and power in this track as the loosely produced elements of the track push forward that sweeping quality in an all encompassing manner. Songs such as ‘Stay’ are more subtle and maximise the soft tinged vocals of Moushumi as it’s surrounded by airy riffs and easy percussion. This heightens the focus of the lyrics and the emotive message behind them, matched by the emotive setting.

‘More’ swings back and forth between the fluttering riffs and snap of the percussion before being bridged by her sweeping vocals, a reverberating bass line and high pitched, understated synth. Each element plays off the other well and this also helps the song’s progression and development. In general, it is a cool and slick track delivered with an understated confidence that is present throughout the EP. Each track is made up a different instrumental variation to form a different type of soundscape with her fluid vocals being one of the only mainstays. She’s also shown that to deliver an album of perspective such as this, that making some elements bolder highlights those that are supposed to spaced out and this has given her more to work with as opposed to ensuring everything is spaced out. With this in mind, the simple and complex aspects of Red Like Mine are not only more prominent, but more appreciated too.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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