Monday, July 4, 2011
MYNX - Out of Sight Out of Mind
I first became aware of MYNX last week while checking out the newly re-launched Catalyst magazine. The issue featured a profile on the band and also came with a download sampler that included one of their songs. After one spin, I was instantly hooked - so much so that I sought out the rest of the tracks of their 2009 EP Out of Sight Out of Mind to download.
The first track is “We Are MYNX”. I like the variety beats on this one; the first ones reminds me a bit of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” in their rhythm. The second layer of beats moves the sound into a whole new, very pleasing direction. Sadly, the track is under two minutes long. I really would have loved it to have gone on longer (perhaps in some kind of extended remix) as I think it would be great one for dancing.
“Kissie Show” kicks the tempo up with a rapid-fire groove that spins you around with great intensity. The lyrics are full of sexually-charged symbolism that comes across fresh and sassy. Hearing this one I’m reminded of the first time I heard Soft Cell back in 1982 - instant musical infatuation. I hit repeat a couple times in a row.
“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” has a bit of an ethereal touch to it. If the previous track was a night of wild club debauchery, this track is the morning after.
The opening of “Wolfgang Bang” fondly reminds me of my days with a turntable and vinyl. You just don’t get that sound with CDs. The dance beats return for a little voyeuristic adventure. This one brings to mind tracks by classic new-wave bands like Berlin or the Divinyls (in sound and theme).
The bonus track is “I’m So L.A.”, a little bit more of a rocker with clean drums and hard-driving guitars. The lyrics are fired off with a snaky, sarcastic flair which I find very entertaining. As residents of the City of Angels, who better than MYNX to poke fun at the clichés? It so works for me.
As a fan of many styles, particularly 80’s synth-dance sounds, I find that MYNX falls in perfectly to my music library. While they have elements that remind me of other groups, I find their sound to be a different and exciting mix. Their style and attitude is what I find lacking in a lot of modern music; it is something that this forty-six year old man can enjoy. I strongly recommend you give them a listen. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
For more on the band, you can check out the link to the Catalyst issue here - http://www.thecatalystmagazine.com/