|MH-088 Está Vivo - Carry You To My Mouth
Carry You To My Mouth is the Mush debut from Está Vivo. The four track ep spans styles ranging from inspired indie-rock to tropical-folk to beautifully restrained hazy acoustic ballads with elements that remind of The Magnetic Fields, Spiritualized, Love And Rockets, and The English Beat. Está Vivo's lyrics lend a sophistication to the bedroom-pop production and naturally delivered deep vocals. Whether writing about an infatuation with someone he sees on the street each day or slyly working "Friday I'm in Love" into a song about a girl he meets at a party because it is the first song that they dance to, the lyrics are equal parts charming, carefree, biting and subversive. With productions that range from elegant and sublime to dark and foreboding, Carry You To My Mouth is a genre collision of experimental and pop sensibility.
|Está Vivo produces the type of playful, tropical folk that could serve as a soundtrack to a late night beach party - Chicagoist / Not only an exploration into summery, tropical sounds, but also into the intricacies of romance and love - Some Kind Of Awesome / Creating a life-affirming free-for-all wrapped in a lo-fi indie rock / indie folk package with electronic music influences - Spacelab TV
|The xylophone should be deemed as the official all around feel good instrument. It's a wonderful stem in any song and the first sound introduced to us by Está Vivo. Está Vivo is the pseudonym of Chicago native Ryan McMahon's romantic explorations. The english translation of Está Vivo (Spanish) means "is alive" and this project is simply an audio record of that. A melodic arrangement of xylophone empowers "Smile Back" with complimentary lyrics that are just as delightful.
McMahon says, "'Smile Back" is about a woman I kept seeing last summer walk down the street by my house, in which I kind of became infatuated with but whenever I were to see her I was always too shy to introduce myself. After the summer, she kind of just disappeared and I haven't seen her since". The mystery woman inspired a blissful pop song and I can't help but think of how flattered she would be if she acknowledged this. Give "Smile Back" a listen below. It can take you back to early mornings of watching Saturday cartoons with a bowl of rainbow colored cereal, but also to a tropical island, dancing goofily in a hawaiian shirt/dress. Enjoy and don't forget to follow Ryan McMahon because he "smells like noon and taste like rainbows". - Earmilk