I just recently heard of Mister Heavenly and am already a huge fan. These pioneers of doom-wop (the sub genre they invented to describe their uncommon sound) have created a wonderful combination of unique, catchy songs to kick off fall. Out of Love, the band’s debut album, (released August 16 on Sub Pop Records), is an eclectic collection of songs ranging from a 60s rock sound to reggae. The band consists of Ryan Kattner of Man Man, Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and The Shins, Nick Thorburn of Islands and The Unicorns, and the latest member to join the band, actor Michael Cera. Fans of Cera might remember his enemy-defeating bass playing from Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, the very role that inspired his position in Mister Heavenly. But don’t get your hopes up yet, Cera will most likely not be touring with the band due to filming commitments.
The album starts out with “Bronx Sniper”, the heaviest song on the album, yet still incredibly accessible. Two songs later, the album delves into, “Mister Heavenly”, which has the weight of “Bronx Sniper” and the fun, pop sound of the third track “Charlyne”, creating a beautiful juxtaposition. My personal favorite on the album is “Reggae Pie”, and the title says it all. It stands apart from the rest of the album with its relaxed sound. You’d think that such a range of genres would sound forced and experimental but Mister Heavenly combines them seamlessly as if reggae and indie rock were always meant to be.
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