MR-8

Cornell mechanical engineering majors should find this image very familiar.

Cornell mechanical engineering majors should find this image very familiar.

MR-8 is one of a handful of debut albums launched by Meesh, Cornell University’s anti-folk band. It is clear that the band members (in this case Mitch Chisholm and Adam Hachey) are doing quite a bit of experimentation in this album. As Meesh is an anti-folk band, the tunes are acoustic, many of them instrumentals. Highlights of the album include the tracks “Tanner”, “Snacks”, and “Direct Connection.” “Direct Connection” is distinctly different from the rest of the album with its percussion instead of the acoustic guitars being the centerpiece. With a band describing itself as “anti-folk”, one would expect something along the lines of Bob Dylan, but the sound generally reminded me more of the Beatles’ tunes such as “Blackbird”, albeit with a distinctly modern American folk twist, especially with the group’s vocals. Like how Bonnie Pink’s Even So appealed to my appreciation of Japanese songs from the 1990s, Meesh’s MR-8 reminds me of my favorite Vietnam War-era counter-culture folk rock music. I said Alpha Girls was a movie best enjoyed with some beer and your friends while you tear it apart. MR-8 is best enjoyed with your favorite scotch and nothing else around.

Score: 4/4

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