Midé's Musical Evolution Continues With 'Sooner Or Later' EP
Upon listening to U.K. singer-songwriter Midé's just released 'Sooner Or Later' EP, for us here at Next2Shine a very particular type of satisfaction springs to mind; the kind of satisfaction that reveals itself when recognizing the coalescence of an eclectically inspired talent's nascent musical beginnings into a now creatively coherent artistic whole. Having observed over the last few years the evolution of his exploration of socially conscious acoustic intimacies and more emotively melodic, groovy soul/r&b stylings, with the new EP it is clear that Midé has upped the musical ante in his winnowing of a sleekly polished aural sweet-spot.
While retaining the artful poetry and maturely observed lyricism of his singer-songwriter roots along with an r&b-inspired ear for a cleverly infectious groove, Midé has invigorated his creative vision through the addition of an at times vibrantly euphoric pop/soul aesthetic. Whether adroitly balancing a verse of spare, tender instrumentation with the ebullience, uplift and vivacity of a big, pop-hook laden chorus, or whether integrating the soulful intimacy of deeply personal emotions with the patiently funky undertones of a gentle groove, Midé displays a perfectly attuned instinct for instinctively engaging both the feet and the soul of the listener.
Chronicling a gamut of emotions through the warm, rich textures and honeyed tone of his outstandingly expressive voice, throughout the four songs on the EP he showcases an agile, intelligent and meaningfully perceptive lyricism that is genuinely moving in its maturity and sincerity: 'Right Where You Are' honors treasured legacies while embracing hope in the future; 'All Over The Wire' cautions about the smoke-and-mirrors superficiality of modern communication; 'Names' is a cleverly observed rumination about love's often hesitant dance; 'Higher' offers a touching paean to the redemptive power of love. Again showcasing just how astutely he has evolved musically while managing to retain the authentic, core essence of his instinctively accessible creative sensibility, with the 'Sooner Or Later' EP Midé continues to prove that his is a talent of the utmost distinction and sophistication.