Reviewed by Kent Manthie
Meesh is back in full form. This time, with an EP, entitled May. I say “full form” because on Wall Carpet, founder, Mitch Chisholm was only around for a short time during recording before taking some “personal time” off. This left Adam Hachey to finish things up by himself.
But Mitch came back on board – it must’ve been in the latter part of last year, when they put out another EP, simply titled Meesh EP. That one has six songs and clocks in at just under 20 minutes.
On Wall Carpet, Adam did a good job with what he had to work with, which included girlfriend Jacky Munoz.
I happened to read another review of May while looking around the internet for some more information to add to my review. In the review I read the reviewer seemed to be surprised at the difference between the “sing-along” up-beat tunes from Wall Carpet, which is a full-length, 12-song album and the new EP, May, which, I think (the difference) comes from the fact that, even though he’s the “founder” of Meesh, Mitch Chisholm “took a powder” during Wall Carpet, which left “new” member, Adam Hachey alone, to his own devices, so Adam took charge and, with Munoz, produced a remarkable, crafty and spirited album. Hachey & Munoz, together, put their voices to work and made Wall Carpet sound like there were more singers on it on some tracks, others featured Adam singing by himself and there were also a few instrumentals. The music was fresh, unique and laced with violins, horns, what sounds like a recorder, all over the ever-present acoustic guitar, which was played quite well, with great finger picking and intricate chord progressions.
So, Mitch came back and the two (Mitch and Adam) got back together and recorded this EP, May, which is quite different than Wall Carpet, whose vocals seemed to be mic’ed louder and/or closer or whatnot. On May, the low-fi duo changed the style a bit. The music was a bit more low-key, while the acoustic guitar arrangements were similar. No Jacky Munoz on May, unfortunately. The vocals were handled by both Mitch and Adam, with backup vocals by Georgia Crowther. The opener, “Survival Kit” sets the tone for the five rather short songs here. “I am the Dream” is an instrumental which features some fierce acoustic guitar jamming and toward the end a French horn is added, I suppose to give a highlight to the ending. Then comes “Let’s See Those Wings”, “October Home” and the closer, “Stop”.
On “Let’s See Those Wings” the vocal duet is seemingly purposely off-kilter a little bit, but then coalesces nicely. Then that French horn pops up again near the end of this tune. “October Home” features multiple instrumentation – acoustic guitar (of course), piano and what sounds like twin trumpets (or cornets?) playing in sync. “Stop” is a quirky ending tune – only a minute long, it’s like they’re just goofing off or something – while the background music is light and lush, but the two are basically talking back and forth to someone named “Bobby”, each telling him that he’s got to “take it seriously (Bobby)”. All in all, I’d say that May brings to light the diverse musical aptitude of Meesh. I also think that the return of Mitch Chisholm helped out too; he brings in his own unique style to the work and, although the album is really short – only about 10 minutes for 5 songs – it seems like the more you go back and listen to it, like I did, to keep trying to develop a taste for it and figure out what to make of it and what to write, I found that, even in this short of an EP, the duo really strives for perfection here. -KM.