Misun are arguably the hardest working band. In 2013 and 2014, they released an EP, tons of singles, a summer bootleg series, a compilation of remixes, and their debut full-length. Superstitions was released in November, and it was one of our 50 favorite albums of 2014.
Six months later, the trio from Washington, D.C. have returned with more new music. Feel Better is a five-track EP that feels (and probably likely is) like an appendix to their awesome debut. It’s like a second “B-side” of music, but no complaints here. And in what has become their trademark, Misun demonstrate the ability to take music of past eras, particularly from the ’60s to ’80s, and put a contemporary spin on it that appeals to people of all ages. As mentioned in the review of Superstitions, Misun are music purveyors in this regard.
But besides the music, the band, especially front woman Misun Wojcik, are excellent songwriters. Their songs are more like screenplays with every action and feeling or entire events described quite vividly. It doesn’t take long to hear the brilliant melange and songwriting of the trio. “After Me” and “Nobody Knows” are more typical of the band’s earlier work prior to Superstitions, where they create rhythmic, mid-tempo numbers while Wojcik reveals her innermost feelings of escaping problems and finding oneself.
“Justice” is a modern take on ’60s Motown. It’s a funky, groovy song as Misun describes her endless search for justice. “Far Away From Me” is a bit of a changeup for the band musically but the introspective examination continues. A melodic, downtempo track that is haunting, Misun expresses her struggles with relevance, existence, and spirituality. “Darkroom”, meanwhile, is a stuttering, high-energy pop-rock tune that has the feel of song made for a ’60s spy movie (and the lyrics to match).
If this is the first time discovering Misun, the EP is a great starting point, introducing you to the imagination and creativity of the trio. Misun – who are Misun Wojcik (vocals), Andrew Wallace (aka Nacey) (guitar/production), and Jon Jester (drums) and often with support from William Devon (bass/keys) – are going places, so discover them now.
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