Lisa Mychols & Super 8
CD & DL out now on The Beautiful Music
With Coronavirus at the forefront of all our lives, it seems fitting to showcase an album that demonstrates how being in lockdown, and in different countries, can’t hinder the artistic process. Once technological and virusy hurdles were overcome, Lisa Mychols and Super 8 put two fingers up to Covid 19 and created a perfect blousy soundtrack for the summer.
Soundtrack for the summer
Being an amateur writer it is easy to slip into some overfamiliar and hackneyed blog phrases. ‘Soundtrack for the summer’ is a good example and is frequently overused for collections of upbeat tunes released when the sun is high in the sky. It’s a simple label, but does actually on this occasion fit the new Lisa Mychols & Super 8 album. You can’t deny the ability these songs have to put a smile on your face and conjure up visions of sun, sea and surf.
There is an undeniable strong West Coast US feel to the project, probably helped because Lisa Mychols is resident in those parts. That Beach Boys, Mamas and Papas influence does seep into the tunes. Take ‘Time Bomb’ which has a strong psychedelic feel to it and wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack of an original 60s surf movie. Taking its rightful place with the full complement of bikinis, splifs and dune buggies.
You & Me, Me & You
There is no denying the talent on show here and my favourite track ‘You & Me, Me & You’ (which I can’t stop playing) demonstrates that Lisa and co-writer Super 8 (Scotland based Paul Ryan) have a nose for a catchy tune. Again it has that 60s sound, imagine that scene in your favourite movie where boy and girl have just got together, the montage of them enjoying those first throws of love would be sound tracked by this song.
The Beautiful Music
One thing that continues to amaze me about music is that every day you can discover something fantastic. This whole collection not only showcases the songwriting talent of Lisa and Paul, and is not only just a soundtrack for summer, but it is in my opinion a fully-fledged psychedelic masterpiece. I do urge you to seek it out.
For those in the US Lisa Mychols & Super 8 is available as a CD (Beauty 052) directly from The Beautiful Music’s website or at Lisa Mychol’s Bandcamp site and for UK and Europe visit Super 8’s Bandcamp page.
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Cheers, The Paper Lion