Mike Muli is a producer/songwriter/performer from Philadelphia. He recently released What [You] Desperately Need which contains an eclectic rich array of styles. Armed with minimal equipment Muli displays the possibilities you can achieve with talent and minimal gear. His songs are well composed and hard to pin down. I really like when I can’t pigeonhole an artist’s sound.
He starts off with “Intro: Humanity Movement.” I have to admit I was weary once I heard speaking. I’m not a fan of formal intros on albums. Luckily, Muli pulls this off somehow. You hear crows, birds, a distant piano. It’s all a bit creepy as he starts talking about someone on a cliff. The piano plays some chords and Muli starts to sing. I liked how it fell into place. He has a soulful slightly melancholy voice. Nice intro.
One of the highlights is undoubtedly “Planets Shaped...Light Took Form.” It’s a slow moving intimate song. It has a classic singer/songwriter but with a tinge of R&B. There is some great vocal works here with smooth, warm instrumentation.
I also really enjoyed the next track “Subdivision - Fall Apart.” The song is lively with unique percussion. I really liked the upward rhythm to this song. There are really some fantastic juxtaposition of elements here as well as vocal harmonies.
“Land Ahoy! (or J/S PArt 1)” is another success. The loose instrumentation that follows an almost free jazz aesthetic really makes the song shine. “I Realize” is just a well written mellow song while “Apollo's Children (Worthless, Fragile, Unholy) is an ultra chill song for a lounge.
There is a lot to appreciate on the album. Muli is one heck of a producer who has tons of talent in a number of areas. What [You] Desperately Need is a good album that should garner more attention.
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