Change is hard. Being alone is hard too. So imagine if you were sort of forced to change the life you had been so ingrained in for five plus years and then have to go it alone. That’s exactly the story of Myke Johnson who performs under the moniker Many Worlds. Johnson left his previous band with whom he’d been playing with for five years and moved from Santa Ana, California to Oakland to make a new go of things. After several failed attempts to forge a new band he decided to start making music on his own. But this music was a diversion from his previous genre. He paired his guitar with a sampler and synthesizer and to make the ambient and unhurried EP Patience.
Patience opens with the instrumental “Theme # 3” which matches bouncy and deep club-style beats with a rather mellow and intentionally eerie and dreary synth backdrop that is coupled with scratches of clean guitar. It’s as likable as a song can be. It’s a straightforward and clean cut synth-pop gem. On “Time Used to Drag,” Many Worlds goes for a more slow paced psychedelic approach with loose and maniacal sounding keyboard riffs and jangly guitar riffs set against a tambourine beat. Over this he pours some pretty par for the course haunted-house inspired samples.
These oddball accoutrements follow along on the slightly more grounded “Forgiveness” which has a nice ambient-blues groove to it and emanates at times a performance piece aesthetic and at others a beautiful pop song, that latter being a result of the swathes of string and woodwind sounding samples.
Whatever sort of target Many Worlds was trying to hit on the previous two songs he seems to have found a perfect balance and hit the mark dead center on the richly haunting “Tell Tale Signs” which reminded me of the ethereal genius of Amen Dunes. The same could be said about “Patience” which begins in the same vein as its predecessor and then dovetails into rays of brilliant synth-pop ending the song in an aura of fantasy.
Even when Many Worlds experiments don’t quite work as well as others do, one can still hear in them sparks of what could be or perhaps what is to come eventually. And when Many Worlds wants to he can have immediately transported out of your own world and into his. That is how strong his creative pull is when he is operating at full power. The real genius behind Patience I find is that it never sounds forced and it never sounds like a bedroom recording that anyone with a home computer and a few hours of time alone can make. It sounds authentic and pure. For Many Worlds, Patience has paid off.
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