Muo Duo consists of Miles From Space, singer/lead songwriter and composition major from the Juilliard pre-college and his sister Winter Donnelly, Broadway singer and actor who played Young Elsa in Broadway’s production of Frozen. On their latest EP itsavibe the band plays music that offers us a distraction from everything that is happening around us from the pandemic to feeling isolated and left behind. Their feel-good and uplifting tunes lets us escape into sunny soundscapes, infectious melodies and an energy that is all about “peace, love and of course, dancing.”
itsavibe gets grooving with “Everybody’s Making.” Off to a spangly start, the catchy melodies and sunny front makes for a compelling listen. The combined vocal harmonies are vibrant. This is a great track to get your dance moves on. The beats and rhythms feel great. The uplifting tunes and feel-good vibes will really send you to a good place.
On “Avocado Smoothie,” synths and keys make for an ambient introduction at the start of this song. The smooth and suave tones overflow with a seamless approach. The sounds are in the R&B, soul and pop veins. The horns are a surprising addition. The sax solo also added emphasis to the cool vibe.
On the title track “itsavibe,” synths add a touch of ambience to the track. Smooth R&B sounds pull through. Soulful vocals sound off along with some hip hop-inspired beats. Some jazzy flavors could also be felt in this very lounge number. The smooth tune is a great way to close the EP.
The EP is a mix of influences from hip hop, R&B, trap, rock n’ roll and indie – you can hear all this and more on these tracks. The three-track collection is bursting with flavors, all of which will take you away from your current situation and into what the band calls “a better world.” The sonic landscapes on this EP feel very vibrant, radiating an energy that at times feel very contagious in that way only pop music can make you feel. And like any good pop music, these tracks are a brief remedy from all that is going on currently, offering us moments of respite into a more carefree and less fraught landscape. This was a solid release and I look forward to seeing what new flavors the band comes up with next.
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