BEST NEW MUSIC: MXMS - SOMETHING IN THE WAY
WHO KNEW NIRVANA COULD GET EVEN DARKER!?
“Something in the Way” was already one of Kurt Cobain’s more depressive songs and yet somehow LA duo MXMS and their morbid electro-synth broken beat sound are able to turn this cover into a goddamn funeral dirge and their video pushes it to another level. They up the esoteric hopelessness tenfold and you start to really wonder what the point of it all is.
Well, to connect with music like this of course! If there wasn’t depressive music how would we battle our demons? With movies? Good luck with that at Thor: Ragnarok. I mean come on, that’s not gonna help anything! MXMS, short for “me and my shadow," is the multimedia project of singer Ariel Levitan and pianist Jeremy Dawson who came together through a mutual appreciation in expelling “love, death, pain and fear into art.” A task that has worked quite nicely for them because they’ve created something here that couldn’t get darker if Trent Reznor joined playing the devil’s synthesizer made with human bones.
MXMS - SOMETHING IN THE WAY
The visuals of this music video do nothing to ease our anxiety, but rather further serve the somber tone of the piece as a whole. With suicide attempts and shadow morph suits MXMS attempts to unleash some of their hurt and anger visually as well as sonically. They succeed with the creepiest 4 minutes I’ve spent since the last time I watched Rubber Johnny. When asked about why the band chose this song in particular, they responded with “"Something in the Way" is our favorite piece of Kurt's writing...the numb, submissive feeling has been glue for other frightened humans like us. Our re-creation of the song is our interpretation of Ariel’s daily cyclic journey through mental illness, depression, and the drugs that sometimes work. The song is meant to postpone the inevitable face to face with reality that’s en route.”
Check out our write up on MXMS’ emotional autre pop single Revenge from this past May.
Get "Something In The Way" through your favorite music service here: https://wearetheguard.lnk.to/EtLhX
From deep within the murky depths of the Los Angeles River emerged a creature: 50% raver, 50% comedian, 10% Robotcop. Kurt Kroeber doesn’t own a dog, operates Soundbleed (the world’s only dance party comedy talk show rave), and is down to party with you. Come up some time and say “Hey dude!” But definitely make sure to casually drop the secret Illuminati password.