Misty Medley

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Misty Medley
Kiss Me Deadly's Misty Medley album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Kiss Me Deadly
Released4 October 2005
GenreIndie rock, Post-rock, Shoegazing
Length50:25
LabelAlien8 Recordings
ProducerKiss Me Deadly, Jace Lasek
Kiss Me Deadly chronology
Travel Light
(2002)
Misty Medley
(2005)
Live at Shubas 03/02/2006
(2006)

Misty Medley is the second full-length album by the Montreal indie rock band Kiss Me Deadly, released in October 2005 by Alien8 Recordings. Working with The Besnard Lakes' Jace Lasek, the band included reworked versions of the four songs on their 2005 EP Amoureux Cosmiques that featured "breathy vocals, saturated pop tones and melodies motorized by punk", according to The Montreal Mirror.[1] Misty Medley spent several weeks on the Canadian "National Campus Top 50 Chart" published by ChartAttack, debuting at #25.[2][3] The band toured the U.S. the following year in support of the album, alongside Voxtrot and We Are Wolves.[4] Critics particularly noted the four aptly-named "Dance" tracks,[5][6] with "Dance 1" and "Dance 4" also proving to be the most popular with listeners.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[5]
ChartAttack3/5 stars[8]
Drowned in Sound(8/10)[9]
Hour Community4/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media(7.8/10)[6]
PopMatters(6/10)[11]

"...classic, melodic dance pop that is still challenging thanks to the hushed, breathy, and alluring vocals of lead singer Emily Elizabeth." - Allmusic[5]

"Best are the four numbered "Dance" tracks, propelled by drums, guitar and Elizabeth." - ChartAttack[8]

"...an album that sees beats and post-rock meet perfectly at make out point." - Drowned in Sound[9]

"...one of the most graceful and unaffectedly charming little records you’ve heard in a while." - Hour Community[10]

"...lusciously ethereal post-rock..." - Pitchfork[6]

"The steady bounce and swirling tones of Misty Medley suggest shoegazers like Slowdive but there’s a distinct ‘80s edge as well." - PopMatters[11]

"The album blends shoe-gazing guitar work, danceable bass and beats with Elizabeth's breathy singing and punk-like yelps..." - Ottawa XPress[12]

"...a polished product of rock, dance floor, harmonies and melodies." - Nightlife Magazine[13]

"...it's Emily Elizabeth's vocal on most of the tracks that is what really mark this band out." - furthernoise.org[14]

"...shoegazey pop..." - Music Emissions[15]

"...first imagine that Kiss Me Deadly is your standard spacey post-rock band. Then take that soaring, cold remoteness and weld it to the hotter, visceral twang and stomp of mid-90s indie groups..." - The Williams Record[16]

"...a dazzling page in the post-punk diary, highlighted by Emily Elizabeth’s wispy, sexual screams." - Exclaim![17]

"...the breathy-to-shrill-voiced Emily Elizabeth does her thing over electronic swirls of guitar-pop..." - Canadian Musician[18]

"Between the vacuumish vocal effects, the mechanical pumping of the rhythm and twinkling guitars, this album feels a soundtrack for romance on space station Mir—only with more screaming." - Silver Soundz[19]

"...a college radio classic in the making. There is a virtual feast of mid-to-late-’80s alternative rock spread throughout the disc." - The Coast[20]

"...an irresistible arrangement of loops, beats, bass, fuzz, melody and contagious energy that, while drawing from every worthwhile scene of the '80s and '90s, somehow eludes comparison." - i heart music[21]

"...combines Elizabeth's distinct vocal range with a lush, layered sound to create songs spacey enough to justify the album's cover but danceable enough to keep those shoes hard to stare at." - Prefix[22]

"...somewhere between their contemporary dancepunk brethren like The Rapture and the 4AD sound of the late '80s..." - Treble[23]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kiss Me Deadly.

  1. "Dance 4" – 5:16
  2. "Dance 2" – 5:32
  3. "Pop" – 4:48
  4. "Let's" – 3:51
  5. "Dance 3" – 4:19
  6. "Ballads" – 5:14
  7. "Misty Medley" – 4:27
  8. "Distress Call" – 5:02
  9. "Dance 1" – 4:57
  10. "Groove" – 5:27
  11. Untitled track – 1:32

Personnel[edit]

Kiss Me Deadly
  • Emily Elizabeth – vocals, guitar
  • Adam Poulin – guitar, vocals and programming
  • Mathieu Dumontier – bass, vocals (formerly of Bonjour Brumaire, Statue Park, Orcondor, Thin Blue Line, Blurry Eyes)
  • Erik Petersen – drums
  • Sophie Trudeau – violin
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Kiss Me Deadly – producer
  • Jace Lasek – producer, engineering
  • John Golden – mastering
Artwork
  • Tyler Stout

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carpenter, Lorraine (Jul 28 – Aug 3, 2005). "Too unlimited >> Kiss Me Deadly play Misty for thee". The Montreal Mirror. Vol. 21, No. 6. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  2. ^ Burland, Chris (4 October 2005). "New Pornographers' Twin Cinema Continues To Master The Charts". ChartAttack. Retrieved 6 November 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Despres, Sean (10 November 2005). "Kiss Me Deadly Show Bloc Party How To Let Loose". ChartAttack. Retrieved 6 November 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Kiss Me Deadly Gigography, Tour History". Songkick. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b c MacNeil, Jason. "Misty Medley - Kiss Me Deadly". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  6. ^ a b c Howe, Brian (4 October 2005). "Kiss Me Deadly: Misty Medley | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Misty Medley – Kiss Me Deadly". Last.fm. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  8. ^ a b McDougall, David (11 October 2005). "Kiss Me Deadly — Misty Melody". ChartAttack. Retrieved 6 November 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b Kharas, Kev (7 November 2005). "Kiss Me Deadly - Misty Medley / Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  10. ^ a b Kronick, Ilana (29 September 2005). "Kiss Me Deadly - Misty Medley". Hour Community. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  11. ^ a b Berquist, Jason (4 January 2006). "Kiss Me Deadly: Misty Medley". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  12. ^ Harrison, Matthew (8 December 2005). "Over and out". Ottawa XPress. Retrieved 6 November 2011.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Guimond, Steve (March 2006). "KISS ME DEADLY / The Future is in Their Hands". Nightlife Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  14. ^ McLaren, Mark (March 2006). "Kiss Me Deadly". Furthernoise. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  15. ^ Scanland, Dennis (2005-10-18). "Kiss Me Deadly - Misty Medley Review". Music Emissions. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  16. ^ "'Misty Medley' is dark, dreamy and danceable". The Williams Record. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  17. ^ White-Gluz, Jasamine (November 2005). "Kiss Me Deadly Misty Medley". Exclaim!. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  18. ^ Bliss, Karen (1 November 2005). "Kiss Me Deadly". Canadian Musician. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  19. ^ Caufield, Egan (8 November 2008). "First Listen: Kiss Me Deadlys, Misty Medley". Silver Soundz. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  20. ^ MacLaren, Trevor (6 December 2007). "Kiss Me Deadly Mistly Medley". The Coast. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  21. ^ Bejjani, Pauline (6 December 2005). "Entries from Tuesday, December 6. 2005". i(heart)music. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  22. ^ Sheppard, Justin (3 November 2005). "Album Review: Kiss Me Deadly - Misty Medley". Prefix. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  23. ^ Terich, Jeff (5 October 2005). "Treble : Album Review : Kiss Me Deadly - Misty Medley". Treble. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2011.

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