Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Music Review: Mosquitos "Mexican Dust"

My mind has for a long time been set in the idea that everything must have a purpose.   You might not yet know what your purpose is, but that doesn't mean you don't have one.    With this mentality, I have learned to appreciate such things as spiders.   Spiders, who are feared by many, build webs and help reduce certain insects from being in your house such as flies and mosquitos.    So I can understand the argument that flies are here to feed both spiders and frogs, but what purpose do mosquitos have?   Humans are not the only living being they feast on, so they just seem to be a nuisance and it just seems like on the whole we could do without them.

This, of course, made me wonder why anyone would want to call themselves "Mosquitos" as they tend to be annoying bloodsuckers above all else.   The only way that I can make sense of this is by thinking of it like this:  The music made by Mosquitos (the band) is the complete opposite of how you likely feel about mosquitos (the bug).     In no way is this music annoying or bloodsucking.   It's pleasant throughout and would be welcomed not only in my home but I would assume any number of homes.

The songs sometimes have male vocals and sometimes they have female vocals, but they seem to trade off more on a song by song basis than during a song itself.   Their bio says they spend time between Brooklyn and Brazil and it will show not only in their lyrics but their sound overall.   There is this acoustic, dreamy folk pop/coffee shop feel to this music, but at the same time it could just as easily blend in with any well constructed jazz playlist.   Perhaps that is one of this album's best qualities: it is so versatile.

Though these songs are each unique to their own space, I do enjoy "Island In The Bathtub" for some odd reason.   It is about how someone was afraid of water so she built them an island in a bathtub, and that idea is the basis of the entire lyrics set.    It is simple in that way- lyrically- but not musically, as most of the songs seem to give off that simplistic pop feel when there is really quite a bit more going on in the background than perhaps Mosquitos will ever get credit for doing.

$9.99 Digital //
$12.99 CD //

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