With a fusion of funk, jazz and even some shoegazer indie rock, LA’s Mleo has an interesting genre mix. The group released their first full-length album, Sunken City in 2014 and now they are developing their unique sound even further with new single “Ricidulous.”
“Ridiculous” is a typical toxic-relationship-gone-wrong story lyrically, but singer Audrey Reed makes it more interesting with her bell-clear and very nuanced vocals. Clearly classically trained, she manages to add jazz timing and quirky lilts in her melodies which capture and punctuate the mood she is trying to capture. Add to this the funky guitars of Victor San Pedro and the driving indie backing structure provided by Nick De La O (bass) and Elias Vasquez (drums) and “Ridiculous” sounds anything but.
A truly different and anti-hipster piece of work, Mleo’s “Ridiculous” bodes well for the future of the band’s sound. Between Sunken City and “Ridiculous, ” it’s clear Mleo have plenty of styles and skills to pull from to make their music, and it also looks that they intend to use every one of them. Sunken City and the new single “Ridiculous” can both be streamed on Mleo’s Soundcloud page. View the video for “Ridiculous” below or on the band’s YouTube channel.
Written by Layla Marino
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