The Scottish duo are no strangers to the world of music, describing their sound as somewhere between indie, pop, new wave, rock and synth. Now that is one hell of a CV for anyone in the music world if you ask me.
der Mist, comprising of Craig McKissick and Ali Whitty, have used the never-ending lockdown to hone their music and show themselves as real people behind the tracks, not through the many gimmicks that modern day music fans can be exposed to.
With ‘It’s Alright’, the lead track on the self-titled album due for release on 15th January, lead singer Craig McKissick tells us how it came about:
‘It’s Alright was the first track Ali worked on with me when I was 16 that I can distinctly remember having this feeling that we were on to something – that’s why it’s the debut track.
Like a lot of tracks on the album, it went through so many versions. I remember at one point it had so much going on, I was getting carried away layering up sounds trying to turn it into a drum ‘n’ bass dance track.
After hearing it, Ali swiftly decided we had to go back to basics and get the core elements of the demo and turn them into something better. Some elements from my outrageous version are still in there, but my favourite part of the process was recording the guitar solo.
We had so much fun trying to channel our inner 80’s child (even though I wasn’t born then), trying to get something unique and fresh but also something that evokes that nostalgic feeling.
Lyrically the track harkens back to the uncertainty I and I’m sure a lot of people had growing up and just having the confidence to tell yourself everything is going to be ok. And yes there is a reference to Kool and the Gang’s ‘Get Down On It’ in there, why not!’
Well, you heard the man, so without further ado, let’s get straight into the review.
‘It’s Alright’ bursts with an electro vibe to boost your energy levels sky-high, which is definitely a necessity when listening to this high-octane song.
With Craig’s indie singing style, it’s clear to see that these two have a massive array of talent. Before you get used to things, an edgy rock guitar comes and tears the current vibe apart.
The ability to alter the tracks direction so suddenly without ruining it is probably the most impressive bit about the whole song. On paper it doesn’t sound possible, but they somehow pull it off.
Then we move into the immensely catchy chorus. It really gets you going and makes you want to bang your head to the tune. Throughout, I get echoes of Miles Kane; the beat mixed in with Craig’s high-energy performance brings a well-seasoned, professional sound.
Like being smacked by a sea breeze, the electro riff forces itself centre-stage and takes us back to the beginning with the electro vibe, adding a certain uniqueness to the track.
Not to be outdone though, the guitar comes back with a vengeance as the two treat us to an amazing solo. The ability to stitch and weave together all these elements is truly quite remarkable.
The chorus is great and the music itself, unrivalled. With a little more lyrical depth this song would really be elevated to that next level.
If this sounds like a bit of you then don’t worry, you’ve only got to wait until the 15th to hear the debut track, ‘It’s Alright’. However, if that’s not enough to quench your thirst then mark 26th February in your calendars for the release of the full album.
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