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Continuing with our marathon series of reviews (which is totaling eight in seven days as of now), we have Mission South – a trio from the nation’s capital who seamlessly mesh an alternative/indie/bluegrass vibe into something strictly their own.
With the second installment of their three-part Migration series, the group provides a raw, soul-filled look into the journey of the group, which, taken from their site, details the “transformation from childhood dream into professional endeavor.”
Volume 2 is relatively short, only five songs and a brief instrumental introduction, but within that handful of tracks we have twenty minutes that exudes both life and youth, dreams and realism, which is impressive coming from a band that materialized in 2012.
Following the short intro, “Free” opens the EP with powerful vocals and elegant instrumentals, packed tightly with short, crisp lyrics and swooning guitars, while its follow-up “Peaches” throws out a piano-banging introduction before demanding body swaying and lighter raising.
The combination of “Saint” and “Photographs & Fables” makes up for about half of the EP, which makes sense – the latter of the two is absolutely gorgeous. The vocals are diverse – swirling between highs and lows, murmurs and soaring falsettos. It’s a highlight that surely deserves to be checked out.
Like I touched upon earlier, Mission South are young. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t mature. The sounds on Migration, Volume 2 are huge, and compressing them into twenty minutes makes them seem even larger. With a Volume 3 planned, we’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for what these boys have planned in the future.
Runtime: ≈ 23 minutes
Release Date: April 9th, 2013
1. (Introduction to Vol. 2)
5. Photographs & Fables
Dan Miller – Guitar/Vocals
John Beck – Bass/Vocals
Max Harwood – Drums
Written By: Eric Riley