Mitchell Ko is college student who just started producing his own music. He still has some way to go before competing with the pros but shows some talent on his EP Flamingo Hotel. His music resides in a pop/rock category that is more aligned with the indie bands than what you would hear in the mainstream.
Up first is the title track which is somewhere between a song and an intro. I was digging the little over a minute of music, which reminded me of John Frusciante at points. Up next is “Relief - 500mg” which is upbeat and has a lot more energy. The synth horns work to some extent and the vocals have their moments. He sings, “He spills himself on bathroom tiles, choking on foreign air. / Cold linoleum bouncing neon shivers back across the room.”
“The Surface” is a solid song and arguably the highlight. It’s a catchy straightforward indie rock/pop song. Like a million other songs Ko sings about a special lady and that fuzzy feeling that apparently some people get called love. Luckily, Ko has some originality when it coms to his lyrics. He sings, “She led me into her dim space without a word / The afternoon passed, haze and hues of revelry, absurd. / When the lights of the boulevard, beyond the windowsill were the only the only lights, she brewed a tea.”
“AutoStandard” isn’t quite as successful as “The Surface” and sounds similar to The Strokes in a number of ways. “Long Dive Quick Pull Up” is a softer melancholy song that showcases some of his strengths. The guitar picking was notable on this track.
He closes with “Ode To Letting Go” which ends the EP on a more lively, upbeat note. The song is straightforward but may be the best written. Flamingo Motel is a solid EP that showcases some potential. Ko will have to sharpen up his production and start to narrow in on a sound but he’s off to a decent start.
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