Formed in Sydney, Australia, mushu have released their second EP. Self confessed influences include Bob Dylan to Joan as Policewoman and Neil Young to the Smiths. Produced by Luke Bertoz and mixed by Wayne Connolly (of Josh Pyke and You am I fame) mushu’s EP “is a warm record where distortion is used sparingly, reverb is generous, synths come out to play, rich harmonies are affluent and hints of discordance bite you to keep you on your feet”. A scent of “The Waifs” but with a harder edge, Mushu are distinctly Australian (and that’s a good thing!). From strumming to distorted guitars together with beautiful harmonies are amply supported by synthesizers throughout.
Starting with the radio static of ‘Neap Tide’, the first single to be lifted from the EP slowly builds with harmonies to the catchy crescendo of distorted guitars. You’ll be singing along to the chorus of ‘War Song’ and ‘Don’t Forget Me’ led by the gorgeous voice of Simone Macarounas, while whistling and humming along to ‘Paper Aeroplane’ before you know it. The harder edge of ‘Carousel’ is a welcome addition, while ‘Soldiers’ is a fitting track to close, showcasing the EP’s versatility.
Their music has the ability to transport you to another place. Sophisticated and refreshing, Mushu are a breathe of fresh air. An acoustic tour of America and Canada follows the launch of the EP with an LP in pre-production and more shows to follow. Check out their film clip for ‘Neap Tide’ below !