Mid-Week M.E.L.A: Made in Heights – Without My Enemy What Would I do has been edited by Pratichi Sadavrati.
On 26th May 2015, Made In Heights released their album “Without My Enemy What Would I do”. Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi who is better known by his stage name Sabzi, collaborated with Kelsey Bulkin to create the album. The L.A based duo who specialise in electro-pop and alternative hip hop has done a great job making the album extremely versatile with some sick beats.
The album is a journey that begins with death. While death, in general, is usually the ultimate, it is quite ironic that their first song is titled ‘Death’. The song starts with a giggle that might be suggestive of mocking the phenomenon of death itself. Once the beats lure you, Bulkin’s innocent sounding vocals do magic to the song. In the song, they compare broken relationships to the agonising pain of death and loss.
Pirouette has great transitions and beautiful lyrics. It talks about the liberation of suppressed emotions and how love is bittersweet. This is expressed beautifully in the chorus when Bulkin sings –
“Love is sweet, love is dark and it pulls
Your world apart, so you can grow
Now I see perfectly, oh, how it’s clear
What I needed the most was you here.”
“Murakami”, the third track amazingly describes how when you are in love it feels like the universe is conspiring to make it all happen. And, the last passage is in Japanese and it means “if you trusted me‚ I could believe this world..”. If Bulkin’s voice and lyrics were not enough to fall in love with the song, the drops and beats do not fail to make it irresistible.
The intricate layers of the lyrics, beats and different notes reveal the complexity of the tracks. Another challenge for the musicians is to create unique sounds that stand out while still appealing to a large section of the crowd. The tracks are not over the top with the beats and the transitions blend and bind the lyrics. Made in Heights takes everyone by a storm. Speakers and headphones barely do justice.
Bulkin’s voice perfectly complements Sabzi’s minimalistic beats. The album, which comprises 13 songs, will make you want to put sheets up over your windows and spend a whole weekend listening to them with some candles lit and pizza in your mouth. It is one of those albums that you will definitely have on loop.
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