Plume moth orchestra is a solo project for Mitch Girio which is more focused on acoustic driven material. He is a Toronto producer (working with bands/ artists for almost 20 years)/ composer and has released albums under the name King Kong Girio. He recently released a self-titled EP plume moth orchestra that contains three songs.
The EP has exceptional production and the songwriting and delivery is top notch. His style does have a pretty familiar singer/songwriter vibe to it; intimate, personal with revolving around catchy pop melodies. I was reminded of Bon Iver and Iron and Wine to an extent.
He opens with “familiar companion” which is a warm song with acoustic guitar, bass, bells, sparse percussion and his vocals. It’s a song that is immediately enjoyable because of the simplicity and openness. Out of the three songs it's the most upbeat and jovial partly because of the bass line. Lyrically he is slightly ambiguous and other times direct, just the way I usually like it. He sings, “i found your old jacket and i checked all the pockets through well there’s no going back my friend to a place that you never knew.”
“from the corner of your eye” was the highlight. There is some great string work on this song. It’s nothing too fancy but is palatable and is extremely warm sounding. The vocal melody is hopeful yet also meshed with sadness which is another combo I’m a complete sucker for. When he sings “You will be alright” you want to believe him. He closes with another solid tune entitled “i don't love you tonight” which builds upon the foundation that he built with the previous songs.
Girio goes three for three with the songs. The only thing I would mention is that his songs might be clumped into the singer/songwriter genre and lost in the ether because of the familiar feel. I think he might benefit from tweaking his sound just a little bit in some way to stand out from the crowd. Easier said than done.
Overall, this EP showcases an overall talent in a number of different areas from lyrics to vocal delivery and in between. Recommended.
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