R. Missing is a group who from what I can gather on their social media have built their image on mystery and intrigue. The group appears to be made up of She Missing who handles the the Vocals/Bass and He Missing who handles the the more enigmatic ‘other’ portion of the musical workload. While I think sometimes, being mysterious can come across as a little gimmicky, I feel in the case of R. Missing they’ve managed to capture a genuinely enigmatic vibe, both in how they present themselves publicly, as well as in their actual music. Speaking of which, today I will be reviewing their EP ‘Unsummering’ which was released on October 20th 2017, and without further ado you can check that out below.
‘Unsummering’ the titular track was incredibly strong, it’s one of those songs where you can get lost in it. I lost count of the amount of times I replayed it before I started writing this review. In my head this is a compliment and so I hope it’s taken as one but it reminds me of something that might have made its way into the soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim vs The World. The track though is a rich electronic beat, with She Missing lending her breathy voice to the vocals.
‘Kelly was a Philistine’ was also a spectacular track, which has an equally intense music video, which you can check out here if you want to have a look. I think hook for this track gets stuck in your head. I just kept humming it, and in the same insidious way good music always does I just couldn’t stop. This track has some great synth parts which help to build up a multi layered song.
‘Deeper Holes’ is a little different from the previous two tracks, a little more….ethereal for lack of a better word. I chalk that up to the vocals of She Missing. The electronic drum beat plays throughout adding a consistent tempo to the track which I think helps keep you involved as a listener.
‘Birthright’ Has a really good intro, sharp electronic tones and another consistent drum beat as well as vocals which are somehow emotional and distant at the same time. I find it so hard to peg this band and its music down, which is a good thing.
‘Mostly Back’ I happen to love esoteric name choices, so I hoped to like this track and I wasn’t disappointed. It has a different vocal style to the previous tracks, somehow a little more heavy, and accompanying them an echoed undertone which re
‘Mouser’ instantly felt like it had more energy because of the drum build up. It levels out to another melodic, electronic track that like the rest of the tracks on this album feels very atmospheric, like if it fills the room a little when you play it. I think excluding the titular track this was probably my favourite track of the EP.
So that’s what I thought of R. Missing and their EP ‘Unsummering’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Bandcamp. Support the band by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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