Rollin’ by macico

Released: 22.05.18 / Label: Self-released

Take the vocals out and you might think this is the instrumental track for some forgotten Mariah Carey song. Not sure if anyone in macico (pronounced ma-chi-ko) is a fan, but if I had to guess…

There are some interesting sounds and samples used throughout this track, which help spice up what otherwise is a pretty by-the-book pop song. It seems to me that the band is still finding their sound, and just needs a bit more time experimenting and writing to find it. The instruments have been squashed in the mix, so it’s hard to judge the playing. There are certainly no bad performances, but they definitely lack dynamics and phrasing. The result is a lot of pressure on the vocalist to carry the emotive weight of the song with their performance, and although they try, I don’t think it’s enough.

There’s some beautiful imagery in the lyrics but no real message. I’m not quite sure what the purpose of the song is, perhaps trying to give listeners a general feeling of natural beauty while hinting at something more grandiose? The music certainly doesn’t help convey any particular message, so the whole thing is a bit of a flop.

Overall this is a pretty plain pop track. Not incredible, but not particularly bad either. If you like pop you might like it, but I don’t see it being worth listening closely to more than once.

Verdict: Take it or leave it (2.4/5)

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