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Undertones plays to Mysie’s unique impulses and fascinating dynamism

"Undertones EP"

Release date: 21 May 2021
20 May 2021, 09:00 Written by Hannah Browne
Mysie quickly established herself as one to watch ever since she was selected by the Ivor Novello Awards as their new Rising Star in 2020. Eight months later, with a mentorship-turned-label-signing from Fraser T. Smith to her name, ‘Undertones’ proves Mysie’s colossal amount of early acclaim to be more than justified.

Raised in South East London but with familial roots that stretch back to Uganda, Mysie continues to tap into something fresh with an unwavering degree of maximalism and preciseness. Her music doesn’t suggest a particular zeitgeist; she is a multifaceted songstress combining the punches of funk with the motions of reggaeton, and sleepy retro-soul with the emotional candour of indie. Mysie’s spirit is powerful and palatable, unfolding in an arrangement that evidences her ambitions as an artist.

Singles “Keep Up With Your Heart” and “In My Mind” bare confidence that trickles into the entire EP. Whether it’s the up-tempo, bass-heavy “Seven Nights”, where Mysie sings about the excitement of a breakneck speed type of love, or the deceptively versatile and delicate vocal delivery in "Don’t Take It Personal", the ebullience of youth infects the record while Undertones is peppered with themes of infatuation, sensitivity, lust, emotional growth, and self-awareness.

The creativity of each track masquerades the lack of chart-topping hits. Rather, Undertones plays to Mysie’s unique impulses whilst painting a picture of a young musician finding her voice. Her eclectic nature culminates on the EP’s final track, the aforementioned “In My Mind”, which subverts expectations with its Billie Eilish brand of alt-pop.

Mysie shows fascinating dynamism in this EP – an anthology of her unified yet ever-developing artistry and an exciting illustration of what’s to come.

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