For quite some time now, the psych scene in this country has been blooming. A psych scene with many different genres and bands, and, most remarkable, different dominating trends. For the last couple of years, the trend has been quite clear; psych-pop, greatly inspired by an act such as Connan Mockasin.
It’s one of those trends you can seem to grow tired from, as all of a sudden, every single psych, indie, alternative, post-rock, or whatever band sounds like that. It’s an epidemic. And then there’s a band like Masasolo, who plays psych-pop without sounding like the rest of the bunch. Admitted, it’s definitely for fans of Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but still.
I had the pleasure of experiencing Morten Søgaard and his companions at Roskilde, where they played the Rising Stage. The material wasn’t quite there yet, for a set that long, but it seemed obvious that at least four or five songs had that quality seen in their first single, Really Thought She Loved Me; the song that had everybody whispering about these guys during SPOT Festival.
Now, four songs have been chosen, and together, they make their first EP called Breakup. We all know two of the songs by now; Really Thought She Loved Me and How It Feels. The first of the two has more than 140k plays on Spotify, which must be considered a success, whereas How It Feels has 28k (still a success, if you ask me). Two really solid and catchy psych-pop songs, that you can listen to again, and again, and again. When saying it’s catchy, I really mean it. You can’t help but whistle or sing the songs after hearing them on the radio, or live or after playing them loud at home.
Besides the two, the EP also takes us through On My Own and My Medicine, with the first of the two turning out to be a new favourite from this act. Both of these songs are quite different from the two already released singles; On My Own is a bit more, well, monotonic in a sort of post-rock kind of way, where My Medicine takes us on a true 70’s psych journey – and it’s a trippy one. If you close your eyes, it’s quite easy to imagine a spacey video with Morten Søgaard spinning around and singing it for ya.
There’s still room for improvement, as there should be when releasing a debut EP, but I gotta say, it’s an absolute pleasure listening to and going through Breakup by Masasolo – and this will not be the last time for me.
You just gotta love these guys - and the music takes its distance from the usual Danish psych pop sound. A debut EP is (almost) never perfect, but this might be, in my opinion, as close as it gets. For fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala. (5/6)