Posts Tagged ‘Saint Mesa’

September 16, 2017
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The title names of Saint Mesa’s songs seem to be one word firecrackers. They pack a lot of expression and punch into those few letters, be it Jungle, or Roses, or now Lion. An image immediately appears in the eye of the mind. Even before we listened to the California artist’s latest single, we already have an idea of what’s to come. We expect something majestic, imposing, and towering, particularly since we’ve come to realize how evocative and dramatic his alt pop music can be from past amorous experiences. Saint Mesa’s Lion is a riveting listen, replete with dark orchestral flourishes and prowling horns. This “king of the jungle” doesn’t scamper, it doesn’t cower, it doesn’t hide. It comes straight at us with sooty aplomb and fanged assurance. We’re brought to an exotic world by the electronica, rock, and pop found on this unique sonic concoction, a stampeding flurry of thundering percussion and audacious hooks. Purchase or stream the powerful single, here.

June 6, 2017
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 06.02.2017 – 06.04.2017

Feature Selections – June 2-4, 2017

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June 4, 2017
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It’s unfortunate that I missed out on Saint Mesa’s appearance at BottleRock in Napa last weekend, considering my love of the California alt pop project’s verdant enthralling music this past year. Hopefully, I’ll get to another chance to see Danny McCook again soon. I’ll certainly be swaying in jubilant bliss to his latest single when that happens. Maderas is a cool loping, sun dappled alt pop treat produced by LA duo WHAMS. Its saccharine rolling charm and lush foliage remind me of a lightly aerated BØRNS. The title of this easy breezy jam comes from the fact that it was recorded at the Maderas Village studio in Nicaragua. Saint Mesa is preparing to release even more music in the near future. Maderas can be purchased/streamed via additional outlets, here.

May 11, 2017
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 05.08.2017

Featured selections – May 8th, 2017

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May 9, 2017
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It’s been a bit of a wait, but it was well worth the wait. Los Angeles’ Saint Mesa has returned with his first track of 2017 ahead of his debut apperances at BottleRock and Sasquatch Music Festivals. New song Beads is a ravishing alt pop enthraller heavily drenched in smoldering R&B and permeated with burning brass. Beads, produced by LA duo WHAMS (Jacob Banks, Say Lou Lou), is a spectacular follow up to Saint Mesa’s 2016 debut EP Jungle, which has received over 1+ million well deserved streams on Spotify to date for its title track. Beads is a lavish knockout dusted with grit and sprinkled with grime. It’s a moody gripping must for fans of other IHM faves like FRENSHIP, Sir Sly, and Nightly. The single is available from major outlets, here.

November 8, 2016
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 11.04.2016 – 11.06.2016

Featured music – November 4-6, 2016

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November 5, 2016
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LA based newcomer Saint Mesa released his debut EP, Jungle, earlier today. With it, he’s amplified my excitement over the 21 year old singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s music. That seed of fervor was planted over a month ago when Saint Mesa made his inaugural appearance with the EP’s title track. He quickly sprang high up on my list of new indie projects to watch. EP cut Roses is an exemplary taste of Saint Mesa’s verdant lush alt pop. The lambent flickering, radiant trotting song is wondrously uplifting. It engulfs us with a whirring tidal wave of regal thundering drums and shiny gilded synths. Saint Mesa’s Jungle EP is out via Interscope Records. You can stream its tracks on Soundcloud and purchase from iTunes.

October 6, 2016
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 10.03.2016

Featured music – October 3rd, 2016

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October 4, 2016
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California newcomer Saint Mesa whisks us off to the “Jungle” with the musician’s ravishing indie pop debut. Jungle’s verdant sonic foliage and clattering percussion lift my spirits despite the song’s dewy longing lyrics. Jungle is a uniquely woven tapestry made up of grandiose alt pop and sooty flushed soul. The song serves as the first taste from this artist’s debut EP, set to be revealed later this year. Saint Mesa, or Danny McCook, explains: “When I was writing these [songs], I was in a really dark place. There came a point in time where I was on the hospital bed for the fifth time and just sort of gave up and accepted whatever my fate would be”. The budding talent would end up in the hospital numerous times over the course of two years before miraculously recovering from a mystery ailment. The 21 year old utilized that time to sketch the ideas that would eventually become his debut Jungle EP and hone his outlook on life. We’re fortunate we get to partake in that experience in Saint Mesa’s music, and such infectious and finely composed music it is, too. Those in LA have the chance to catch Saint Mesa’s debut show on October 24th at School Night. The rest of us will be patiently awaiting more music from forthcoming Jungle EP.