OBSCURED TUNES: Misty Boyce – Get Lost (2018)

Welcome to the first episode of Obscured Tunes! As Bus Ride Impression grows, we thought of diversifying the website by adding a segment that tackles one of the most important aspects of the audio hobby, if not the most important, reviewing the music we play with our audio setup. However, as the column’s name suggest, we will delve more on the rather unnoticed, maybe unheard albums and see how well these works will actually fit our taste. We will try to very diverse, which shouldn’t really be a task to do given the plethora of albums or releases come out from new and budding artists.

For the pilot episode, we will take on Get Lost by Misty Boyce, the third LP released by the artist in 2018 through Bandcamp.

Tracks:

1. My Honey 03:31

2. Oh Marie 03:57

3. Get Over You 04:08

4. Can’t Say Goodbye 04:53

5. I Don’t Wanna Be Yer Gurl 04:58

6. Get Lost 04:55

7. Crazy Iris 03:57

8. Johnny 04:07

9. Goodbye July 03:39

While tracks sound different from one to the next, one thing was pretty dominant in the track list: how Misty Boyce sounds depressingly haunting, perhaps reflected by tragedies she went through around the time the album was being produced and waxed. Each tracks contain such a signature melody distinct to each other, you can definitely feel the up and downswing of emotion brought about by her writing. Get Over You brings forth such pain by moving on, while Oh Marie emanates anger and sorrow altogether (perhaps this is the track where she voiced her feelings towards her loss), and while pain seems to be a common tone for these tracks, you can definitely feel how unique each sounds. Crazy Iris is reminiscent of 80s tune, albeit jiggy, it still carries the theme of the album which makes me think that it is indeed inspired by sorrow. Personal favorite is Goodbye July, perhaps the most emotionally charged track given the tune and melody, with the lyrics notwithstanding.

Musicality seems to have taken a whole new level comparing Get Lost to Misty Boyce’s 2 previous LPs, maturing in such a manner that tracks sounded a lot more personal. While the album carries the usual musical signature of the artist, it improved a lot especially on how she experimented on the instrumentation for the album.

Having worked with virtuoso such as Sara Bareilles, you would expect heavy influence on how Misty Boyce would create the album, instead, the album has an inherent feel quite different from how Sara Bareilles, or any other artist for this matter. The tracks sounded like profound narrative on her experiences, yet exudes an ambiance of emotion over stories she wished to tell.

If you are to ask, this has to be an album worth buying. And since this is album is available in Bandcamp, it makes it even more worth getting (for a measly $7, the album is such a bargain).

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