Finding the cosmic sweet spot between the modern sounds of indie and pop rock is Mitch Luther and his seven track EP Star Breather. The assemblage of this album is a journey through several locales during the writing process putting him in Seattle, L.A., Phoenix, New York and Australia.
The narrative behind the songs is one that is deeply personal and so while Luther was crafting in all of this places, that personal vein maintained itself very well. This album has a strong, forward movement - it evolves and adapts to the tides. It has a breadth to it.
The bulk of the album is very dreamy and distant. Lots of electronic influence and samples crafted into brightly colored layers of glass. However when Luther wants to introduce a more organic sound, it makes a serious impact. One of his favorite tricks is to use piano and it's here that a lot of that human element comes from. His vocals are heavily treated to create something that sounds far off in the distance, almost alien like. However, the emotion being conveyed is not lost on me. One of the big sells for this EP is the lyrics. Luther has a frank way with words. He is admittedly heavy handed, but I think given the aesthetic of the album it really works and is very unexpected.
For an EP of seven tracks, Luther had a healthy amount of space to show the spectrum of his talents. There are a lot of layers utilized and in instrumental and sample selection, he made a lot of creative choices. The only place I got hung up is that most of these songs seem to find their way to a similar cadence and structure which made it hard for the songs to stand on their own as I was listening. I think this EP demonstrates that Luther has mastered this epic structure that builds into beautiful moments. However if done too much, those big moments can be lost. There were several introductions in these songs that had so much diversity and unexpected surprises. However those edgy details weren't always maintained throughout the songs.
The production process on here is ideal. As I said, this album breathes, it has a pulse and I would also add that it has an ambient light that moves with that pulse. Capturing and enhancing these sentient elements no doubt took patience and a very well trained ear. The mixing in particular was spot on for what I felt this album was trying to accomplish.
Albums like these are great for self reflection and motivation, and let's be honest, who couldn't use a healthy dose of those? I appreciate Luther for his honesty and open book approach to songwriting. I would be very curious to hear what comes next.
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