Midé Sets A Perfect Example With His Debut Album 'E.G.'...
2013 saw U.K. singer/songwriter Midé further establish himself in people's minds with the release of his third EP, 'Mainstream', and the follow up single 'Unlikely', gaining recognition from taste-makers like MTV, MOBO, SBTV and BBC 1Xtra with his acoustic soul/pop and smoothly soulful vocals. With the new year comes the release of his debut album, 'E.G.', a nothing-less-than-expected polished compilation of refreshingly thought-provoking and soul-satisfying songs from his earlier EP's combined with newly minted originals.
Never one to compromise his artistic integrity for the sake of easily digestible cliches, with 'E.G.' Midé asks his listeners to dig a little deeper as he unashamedly surveys life with an honest, introspective, thoughtful and contemplative sensibility, asking questions about life, love and consciousness that seek to investigate the often times opaque workings of the human heart and soul, with Midé at times oracular in dispensing wisdom and insights about life's twists and turns while at others as vulnerable with his emotions as the next person in the ever-renewable struggle to understand the essence of life, holding the listeners attention with his both his heartfelt sensitivity and the velvet soul of his tenderly expressive voice.
Drawing on both his pedigree with the acoustic guitar and more soulful horn-infused elements, Mide's artfully constructed musical and vocal arrangements display a sophisticated, intuitive economy of construction, the complementary interplay between the two always in effortless service to the truths embedded in the lyrics and emotionally articulate narratives - whether it be the gentle guitar and percussion that give way to the optimistic horns of 'Face The Music' as he reminds to take time to forget the worries and burdens of the day and find those moments of joy when you can set yourself free and be in the moment dancing to life's music; the nostalgic piano and murmuring bassline of 'Can't Go Back' as he reflects on the confusion of a love in limbo; the fluent guitar and swelling strings of 'Change Is Coming' as he sounds Delphic in urging the listener to 'own the now'; the groovy hustle of 'Mainstream' that sees him looking to address the desire to find alternative answers to contemporary concerns in the face of the numbing indifference induced by the relentless pull of the tides of the 'mainstream'; the buoyant horns and funky guitar licks that uplift the celebratory mood of 'Unlikely' as he asserts his comfort in his own skin; the delicate, spare guitar and vocals of 'Try' as he fondly recalls fatherly wisdom that was passed down to him; Midé delivers engagingly ear-catching and emotionally satisfying lyrical and musical artistry with a self-assured ease.
In a world where it is often an considered an anathema to attempt to delve deeper than the surface of that which is slickly superficial and easily disposable, Midé proves with 'E.G.' that something nourishing and substantive for the soul can also sound sweet to the ears, his superbly crafted album a fitting testament to his manifest talents as he upholds the uncompromising integrity of meaningful artistic expression that is his watchword.
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