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Album Review

Skiptracing arrives less than a year after Mild High Club's 2015 debut full-length Timeline, and while Alexander Brettin and his pals are still crafting a welcoming brand of mellow, sun-soaked psychedelic pop, they seem significantly more ambitious this time out. Timeline featured laid-back grooves that seemed simple but were far too detailed and considered to appear lazy, even if the music itself made an appropriate soundtrack for spending a sunny afternoon getting high. Skiptracing sports a much fuller sound and a wider scope, and takes more risks. A few songs on the debut had a bit of a Baroque flavor, and while traces of that continue into this album, particularly on "Homage," there's more of an easygoing lite funk sound to this one, with the Sunday morning groove "Tesselation" being a standout. There are more flourishes and changes to these songs' rhythms, and it's far more atmospheric, with widescreen keyboards washing over more delicate ones providing subtle melodies. The slow, kaleidoscopic sway of "Cary Me Back" feels like reflecting on one's troubles at a carnival — life is difficult and you've made some bad decisions, but now is the time to forget about all that and try to enjoy yourself. On subsequent songs, Brettin ups the dosage a bit, shrouding his voice with blurry effects on many songs and turning the guitar distortion up during "Kokopelli." The album's back half includes a few experimental interludes — "¿Whodunit?" begins with backwards static effects before being attacked by drums weightlessly bashing away, and "Ceiling Zero" is about half-a-minute of Beach Boys harmonies and woodwinds. "Chapel Perilous" throws Jiminy Cricket into the mix by quoting "When You Wish Upon a Star" over swirling keyboards and backwards funk guitar licks. Brettin tries a lot harder to sound weird on Skiptracing than he did on Timeline, and the result is a more vivid album.

Customer Reviews

Really excited for this album!

Forget how I fell upon this, but I listened to the first single and loved it, the second one just came out yesterday or so and I’m just head over heels over this stuff. I can’t wait to get the album!

What a beautiful album this is going to be

Came across these guys a little after their first album came out and am highly anticipating this. You should be too man

Beautiful Record

Mild High Club really blew me away with their debut album and they followed up strong. This album is a really beautiful, psychedelic experience that you’ll want to listen to from start to finish.

Biography

Formed: 2012 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

The Mild High Club is a psychedelic pop group helmed by Alexander Brettin, a Los Angeles-based musician who originally hailed from Chicago. The group's sound is pleasantly woozy and laid-back, but shows a subtle attention to detail without being excessive or indulgent. Brettin began working on Mild High Club material in 2012 by himself, using guitars, keyboards, computers, and a four-track recorder, and shuttling between Chicago, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. Along the way, he met several musicians...
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