MAALA – COMPOSURE
Released: Jul 29, 2016
℗ 2016 Sony Music Entertainment
- Lose Your Love
- Feels So Right
- Kind of Love
- Breathe Out
- Forget About You
- Let Me Know
Reviewed By Maddy Brown
If you’ve been lacking in the excitement that is electro-pop newcomer Maala, then you need to listen. This New Zealand lad has a unique rhythmic sound that’ll send chills down your spine and give you goose bumps from head to toe.
His album Composure is one to have everyone talking and grooving. A clean-cut, funky mix that’s best to tackle in one hit, because one song just won’t be enough to satisfy your senses.
Composure is comprised of short, sweet and truly enigmatic sounds that satisfy every taste. The self-titled song, Composure, is a mysterious tune that builds into an influx of musical madness, tied together with an infectiously dark beat, heightened by high pitched digitized vocals. Its fluctuation in sound levels and abrupt ending stuns listeners, compelling them to lurk further into the depths of composure.
Accompanying the melodic bliss of Composure is Lose Your Love, a high tempo tune, sheeted by strong vocals and galactic rhythm. As we delve deeper into the album, leaving behind the eerie sensation subtly created in each track, and discover a bold, enticing compilation of sounds. Kind of Love transports us from spacious and stunned, to grooving and swaying, and getting lost in the funk of electro-pop.
Further embellishing that funky is a bit of flirtatiousness in the lyrics. Stranger, although seemingly eerie in title, is a fun and flirtatious tune, “late night, waiting for your call,” “you could stop me feeling like a stranger,” highlights this sense of cheeky company that every album needs to give it that little something extra.
So we jump to the end to tie it in nicely. We are eased into the album through a spacey and murky tune, lead through a journey of pop, love and funk, to draw to a close with In the Air, a wind down farewell tune. “I remember how it started, held my hand and I held yours,” encompassed with a loose flowing beat, symbolizing the reminiscing of a journey from Maala as an artist, and from listeners, as they rewind back through the songs to begin their adventure again.