The Musgraves: Lost In Familiarity (ep)

~ Thursday, 12 May 2011
The Musgraves press statement would have you convinced you’re listening to something truly classic. You won’t. What you will hear is American influenced MOR from the English Midlands which is harmless, unchallenging,’ you have been put on hold’ music. The premise of the EP is to exemplify that the Musgraves songs are so familiar that they are classic. They are not classic, just familiarly ordinary. Like subliminal advertising this EP is here to convince you that bland is beautiful.

The EP starts with So Sofia which reminds me of the ‘How Bizarre, How Bizarre’ song genre. Again apparently instantly classic, just the way Nescafe is instantly coffee. Then we have Back To Me and it’s more MOR of the Hootie, Crash Test Dummies, and Bare Naked Ladies variety and wouldn’t be out of place as the soundtrack to a Friends type show. Called ‘Acquaintances Met Briefly Who Didn’t Make Much Of An Impression’.

We then trundle on to Discover Me which is David Gray at his neck break-dancingly best. The blog says The Musgraves are, ‘using their considerable talents for something a little different’. What, sounding like David Gray? However it’s a very well done appreciation of somebody else’s talent but it’s as wet as a weekend in Greenock.

Fortune Teller is more up-tempo but the shrill/vibrato of singer Matthew Bennett is starting to cloy and is as annoying as the chorus. It is familiar and it does feel like I’ve always known them and that’s because they’re Counting Crows. No sorry The Musgraves.

The premise of the EP is only served in that these songs are sound-alikes of the other bands mentioned and it is only in this way that they are familiar. Did you know The Specials came from the Midlands?

Review by Captain Dhilin Kunderan