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Erich Mrak – Float – Single Review

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On Erich Mrak‘s latest single “Float” the Toronto pop-rapper finds himself following up his Retrospect EP with a short but sweet single that fits a lot into its barely two minute run-time, with special help on production from Bento that makes the track breathe.  

In a mere two minutes Mrak packs in a diverse selection of pop melodies and impressive production, a textbook example of quality over quantity. The basic drum line works well with the track’s style of layering simple part upon simple part to create something more than the sum of its part.

The track mixes sounds from Interpol, Tokyo Police Club and  a mix of pop influences into a sound reminiscent of how Lorde mixed alt and pop together, without sounding like Lorde. The running bass, floating guitars and midi trumpets, mixed with the synth lines creates a feeling of warmth in a roomy track that gets catchier on every chorus.

The lyrics find a catchy and exciting way to tell a dark story of a pained and distant relationship that is falling apart because of over-dependence. The way Mrak forges a catchy yet descriptive set of lyrics and delivers them so consistently is amazing and gives the sense of sadness but emotional detachment that’s needed at the end of a relationship like the one in the track. The way the sombre lyrics are contrasted by the upbeat melody and warmth of the sound give it that powerful dissonant quality that artists like St. Vincent and Foster The People use to create a warped mix of feelings when listening.

The breakdown halfway through the song makes Mrak’s words feel more direct and gives the song a great dynamic range. The way the percussion layers back in to bring in the melodies works deliciously and ultimately the section only feels like it could’ve been longer.

Erich Mrak‘sFloat” doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, and hits all the right notes in its short length. The track’s great production by Bento makes it sound elegant despite its simplicity and the vocal delivery works with the song’s overall tone. Overall the track feels like it could be longer, especially with some sections lasting barely one line and the narrative pulling enough wonder to warrant more of the story. Despite this “Float” does everything in its two minutes excellently, doing what it should and leaving listeners wanting more, rather than repeating itself.

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