MRYGLD (pronounced Marigold) are a fresh faced, brand spanking new indie act from Birmingham, AL who released their debut EP on June, 23rd, 2017. These six feel-good, rock-oriented songs with shared vocals by guitarist Brandon Snipes and keyboardist Alyssa Jewell whose voices seemed destined to share a singular musical landscape. Though the music is uplifting, the song’s themes explore a more bittersweet, melancholic side towards love and longing which makes for an interesting, paradoxical overall dynamic.
The opening track “Cool Kids” most definitely sounds like the single, with a catchy chorus that sticks in your head and compelling lyrics like, “Where are the cool kids, did they become my parents, and will we end up the same?” With such pessimistic lyrics about losing one’s youth sung over Jewell’s blissfully uplifting keyboards, MRYGLD I just don’t know how you want me to feel! But I love it. It’s actually a dynamic that a lot of indie bands use; Passion Pit and Bleachers are a couple of good examples. “Only The Lonely” (not a Roy Orbison cover) has a similar structure and approach with some great vocal harmonizing between Snipes and Jewell, which for me is the biggest strength present on this EP. The swanky keyboards are a very close second.
MRYGLD crank up the rock for “One Foot,” on which Jewell sounds uncannily like Emily Haines of Canadian indie darlings Metric. It’s a compact and concise rock number where everything fits perfectly in its right place. The song also has some wicked, arena rock-inspired guitar work by lead guitarist Shane Jewell, made only more epic sounding by the keyboards mimicking the melody. “All The Rage” is another track that tilts the scale more towards hard rock than indie, with some spacey keyboards that reminded me of Muse. Again, nothing is overplayed or underwhelms.
There is very little I can be critical of on this debut EP from MRYGLD. It truly hits in all the right places. Not that I want to sound lame but my only wish is that there was more material here. This EP will without a doubt be staying in my regular rotation of music and I look forward to hearing what MRYGLD do next. Hit me up in the comments section below and let me know if you share a similar bliss towards this release or if I’m off the mark.
Written by Lee Ferguson
*edited by Lia Davis