Michael Baker is definitely not a brand new artist. He’s not even new to Your EDM, as we’ve featured his group Head Fake and their new wave type beforehand. Baker’s new solo venture, Hasten Mercy, is new, nonetheless, and extra EDM-focused. With the primary EP, These Issues laced with Joyful Mondays-style rave pop, heavier, future bass/dubstep vibes and a great deal of ambient sound design and synth work, it appears like Baker’s testing the waters for his breakout solo type.
With a transparent love for early electronica as is evidenced by Head Faux, the primary monitor on Baker’s first Hasten Mercy launch it “Star You Are,” a 90s Brit poptronica-inspired romp whose most important piano and synth work is such an homage to the Mondays’ “Step On” that one may even mistake Baker for a way more melodic and fewer psychedelic Shaun Ryder. The content material contained within the lyrics can also be fairly a bit extra uplifting and inclusive. It’s an fascinating opener, however definitely bridges the hole nicely from Head Faux’s new wave to the extra trendy tracks on These Issues.
Following “Star You Are” is “I Break Every thing,” the way more introspective and self-deprecating but in addition extra trendy ballad-style pop monitor with lashings of drone and ambient synth work behind the tender digital organ driving the vocal melody. It turns into clear from “I Break Every thing” that the tracks on These Issues are thematically, if not musically linked. The lyrics of “Star You Are” being so expansive juxtaposed with these of “I Break Every thing” coming again right down to earth and expressing the issue with relationships and the concern of emotional intimacy regardless of that expansive philosophical capacity. How does one reconcile macro and mirco? Only a few of us are true masters. Baker’s vocals in these tracks doesn’t faux to unravel this downside; simply hopes others can relate.
These Issues closes with the title monitor additionally probably the most EDM-heavy monitor, and the connection and theme of the EP turns into much more clear. The hardly audible backing drone synth from “I Break Every thing” carries into “These Issues” and takes a extra outstanding function. Nonetheless pop within the sense that it’s composed with the lyrics being the driving power, “These Issues” exhibits Baker’s mastery of synth and sound design, this monitor would match proper in at a rave as break music and is begging to be remixed. Additionally fairly introspective and targeted on the slings and arrows of social interplay, the difficulties of connecting with others and the necessity to join regardless of anxiousness and nervousness is one thing even probably the most extroverted of social butterflies can definitely relate to after two years of isolation.
Removed from coming full circle, Baker’s lyrical observations in These Issues don’t have any reply regardless of the expansive tone of “Star You Are.” Moderately, they’re a continuation of not simply Hasten Mercy’s however the collective dialog about all of the totally different aspects of being human. As we roll into the brand new yr and the doable third yr of COVID, it’s good to recollect everybody’s reconciling the expansive with the grounded, the elegant with the worldly. It’s a wierd journey humankind is on, but it surely’s additionally someway noble. These Issues are everybody’s issues, and the purpose may merely be the journey, so we would as nicely discover them.