Relative unknowns to many until late last year, Masasolo have slowly earned themselves a steady following of fans after breaking out of Copenhagen and unleashing their own brand of psychedelic disco pop on the rest of the world. Now, the band are ready to take their sound and style to the masses once again, this time via their debut album At Sixes and Sevens.
“Ordinary Day” is the kind of track you’d play if you wanted to have one of those slightly-out-of-body experiences or to just escape out of your own thoughts for a few minutes. The instrumentation perfectly compliments the lyrics which draw attention to the struggles faced by front-man, vocalist and guitarist Morten Søgaard as he battles to overcome his depression and anxiety every day; something I for one am intensely familiar with.
Driven by a groovy disco rhythm, “Idaho” isn’t quite the type of song you can dance to, but that’s no bad thing. Instead, with a gorgeous vocal and a story about falling in love and the nerves that can and do come with such an experience, it will likely have listeners reminiscing about ‘the one that got away’ or even give them the courage to tell that special someone in their life how they feel.
Follow-up track “The Descender” has an air of romanticism about it, deeply underscored by a painful memory on and about which the song is focussed. The beautiful melody and instrumentation of “Then Comes The Rain” then sets the stage for Søgaard to bear his soul once more with one lyric in particular sure to hold significance for many: “Yeah, I’m getting better now, I can finally see the sky, but then comes the rain.”
Closing number “Maybe It’s Gonna Be Fine” is the most upbeat track on the collection, with the beats and the rhythms played with a sense of urgency. As a result, the album ends with far more optimism than it started with and the three minute instrumental, although perhaps longer than necessary, gives all those who hear it something to unwind and relax to.
A deeply personal but captivating album, At Sixes and Sevens plays a like a diary of Søgaard’s innermost thoughts and feelings, and while many bands and artists tend to shy away from such almost awe-inspiring honesty, he and the rest of Masasolo should be proud of themselves for creating a reflective album that scores of people around the world may feel was written specifically for them.
At Sixes and Sevens is available now.