Mojorising - Feel What You Feel
Mojorising are comprised of only two Australian gents, both doing some mad multitasking to contribute all the parts of their debut EP - JJ hands the vocals, 'wall of sound', keys and harmonica and Dan is tasked with the drums, percussion and sampler. Despite this odd-sounding mix of techniques, Mojorising are in fact not an electro band - they sound more like the love child of Def Leppard and INXS raised by the Cab Calloway.
Their first 5-track EP is a good listen for a number of reasons. First off, the sound is rounded and good to listen to, always a good start, but it spans quite a few different techniques in the process. There are elements of classic rock and blues pervading throughout but also touches that betray their electro approach to production - 'She Woke Up To Me' in particular starts off with twangy electronic notes, like a dance club anthem.
'Maybe In Another Life' is much more rock-ballad-y, the Def Leppard is clear on the ears here, but it's a nice nod, not blatant plagarism. 'Sooth Me And Use Me' goes further into the blues sound with harmonica and classy guitar work, and despite the poor lyrics (actually, none of the lyrics are great) it hits a nice chord. Pardon the pun.
Mojorising have clearly mastered their very unique methodology, and it's working very well for them - the EP is immaculately produced and well mastered but I think it's the substance that needs work here, not the presentation. The lyrics are a letdown, but the music is original and pleasant, and I hope it will go upwards from here on in.
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