By Charlie Maybee
The New Orleans based soul pop band, Miss Mojo, are releasing their latest single “Horizon” which brings an optimistic view of the future forward with its funky synth bop feel.
After the initial swelling of synthesizers, we jump right into a danceable beat with plenty of bumping bass that feels hypnotic in the shoulders and hips. The dual lead vocalists, Piper Browne and Jenna Winston, captivate from the first few syllables as their bouncy, yet breathy melodies provide the driving force of the good vibes that this song cultivates.
With the second verse, they paint a picture of what coping looks and feels like as they sing, “Feeling so small like it’s out of my hands / Reaching for the moon / But even underground, we can dance and make it better” they sing during the second verse”. Here we find that the dance beat is fully intentional and embodies the foundation of the song’s message: healing requires feeling, and what better way to feel than to express physically through dancing.
Towards the end, the groove gradually dissolves trading in a peppy backbeat for a swirling, romantic piano. With such a shift in the song’s DNA, it’s a moment where ambience takes over allowing for quick dip in a weightless sound bath before Miss Mojo departs. It almost feels like a callback to lyrics from the opening verse, “Sometimes I feel okay / But I’ve come to find that healing is something more I’m feeling”. In this final moment, we get a glimpse of what that healing can really feel like – something larger that is detached from any numeric sense of time. The time for fun has passed, and, upon the Horizon, a moment of rest has begun to wash over.
“Horizon” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and BandCamp. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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