Single: MAKO – Miss Alison
“…On Miss Alison/Feel the Music, the turns of phrase, the lyricism, the composition of lines, verses, choruses and bridges here are all signs of a song writing expertise that has been somewhat dormant for ten years…”
Slowly but surely, over the last number of months, out of the ashes of the legendary group Cyclefly emerged MAKO and this week they release their new single Miss Alison. A short and bouncy track, it gives of an aura of alternative bubblegum pop and it also showcases the song writing skill of the band’s two leading members, Declan O’ Shea and Christian LaMontagne. MAKO are pretty much perfect.
The title track here, obviously enough, is Miss Alison. The song is absolutely infectious while simultaneously being slightly cheesy. The verses are tight with smatterings of minor guitars, bass and glockenspiel and the chorus explodes into round after round of Declan’s vocal “Bought and sold Miss Alison”. The chorus is where the true infection of the track lies and I must say that it’s great to hear Declan O’ Shea’s marvellously distinctive vocal back on wax.
The B-side is the straight-up rock song Feel the Music. O’ Shea sings about it being “one of those days” and the sideways glances with “the girl on the fourteenth floor”. There’s similar cheese here to on the first track but there is a subtly mastery behind it; the kind of mastery that comes with being professional musicians for so many years. Feel the Music is a nice balance to Miss Alison. It’s more light hearted and more accessible, although marginally so as both these tracks are quite superb.
On Miss Alison/Feel the Music, the turns of phrase, the lyricism, the composition of lines, verses, choruses and bridges here are all signs of a song writing expertise that has been somewhat dormant for ten years.
I urge you to check out MAKO. For fans of well made music.
Drop-D Rating: 7/10
MAKO release Miss Alison in Cork’s Crane Lane Theatre tonight.