By Charlie Maybee
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Pop-rock band, Melk, released their new EP titled Somebody, Nobody, Anybody today, January 14. Spanning three impressive songs, this is a small but mighty attempt that fans of 90’s rock bands like The Cranberries or The Muffs would thoroughly enjoy.
Personally, I gravitate immediately to the opening track “HS/BF” which gives serious Rilo Kiley vibes. From the opening line, “I want to love you like a high school boyfriend,” there’s a clear spark of fun that feels good against the flowing power chords of the guitar. It’s the kind of early pop punk throwback that is effortlessly cool and listenable. Drawing on nostalgic memories of first loves, there’s humor to be found in a seemingly universal, coming-of-age level of immaturity that many people can probably recall from their own high school years.
The two other songs of the EP lean more into the realm of straight up pop balladry to wonderful effect. Sporting more synthesizers and flowing melodies, the singer-songwriter feel takes over, showing Melk’s affinity for music that just feels good. “My Heart Fell Out” feels more subdued with a heartfelt yearning while “Yankee Division Highway” has a more haunting effect with pronounced shifts from major into minor chords. This is an EP well worth the listen, so be sure to tune in for its official release later this month.
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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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