Published May 10, 2017Halifax supergroup Not You's debut is as catchy as it is haunting and emotional. These hypnotic rhythms draw you in as the vocals lull you deeper into a trance, until an explosion of sound rockets you back to reality. Take the trippy "PT" for instance, opening with a goofy, repetitive, surprisingly crashing nursery rhyme that is broken up with intermittent rock freak-outs. Opening cut "Mabel" trades surf-y, light verses with heavy, chugging choruses, and with a sound reminiscent of Brooklyn garage trio Vivian Girls. "Mabel" also contains my favourite guitar solo I've heard since Ty Segall's last record.
The spooky, reverb-covered vocals add a layer of haze to the music, making the entire EP very dreamlike in sound. "Soup" is beautiful and sad and romantic in that way that heartbreak is kind of romantic. It is only fitting that they follow up such a sad and beautiful song with a ripper. "Twofour" starts quiet, but hooks you almost instantly and the payoff is worth it, as the song is filled with these little cathartic moments, as the chorus builds into a churning, urging wall of sound that is over far too soon. Misty should not be missed. (Fun Dog)