Brooklyn duo THE MYSTIC UNDERGROUND release their EP ‘Dreamers & Lovers’ to bring their intelligent, thought provoking pop to a wider audience.
Vladimir Valette and Benedetto Socci started writing their songs about “life, set to a dance beat” in 2004 and have been steadily building a following, playing support slots for the likes of FREEZEPOP and A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS along the way. Opening ‘Dreamers & Lovers’ is the passionate buzzy glam stomp of the excellent ‘Discord & Panic’ with its hints of MOTOR and DEPECHE MODE.
Also included are an INIVISIBLE KID 4/4 club variation of that same number and the BEBORN BETON remix of their internet hit ‘Pride of St. Mark’s’ which takes on a slightly off-kilter direction from the frantic electropop of the original.
The EP’s highlight though is the fine ‘Remember Me’ which is reminiscent of NEW ORDER’s guitar based numbers like ‘Leave Me Alone’ or ‘Mesh’. With its sparing reverbed drums, melodic bass and chilling string synth, the addition of Valette’s contemplative voice suits the sombre atmosphere perfectly.
Meanwhile, ‘Evelyn, You’ll Be The Death of Me’ sounds like the title of something HURTS might do but while it is very European, it is more slowed down Eurodisco than monochromatic arthouse. But all in all, the EP is a fine introduction to THE MYSTIC UNDERGROUND, thanks to the inclusion of two of their best songs they have recorded so far.
Meanwhile, ‘Remember Me’ is available now as a free download at: www.facebook.com/themysticunderground
Text by Chi Ming Lai
25th June 2012