ALBUM REVIEW: Demo by Max + Eyeda

There are 3 songs on this demo. My favorite song is Rani. My least favorite song is the first song where the word Tiki Beach gets said a lot (at first I thought they were saying “Tiki Bitch”, not sure if that was better or worse). I’m (also) not sure what #neo-soul is but I guess this is it.

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Struggling with the unforseen demands of the digital age, Max + Eyeda have combated issues of genre, lineup, and branding throughout their existence. Formulating first as a trio called the Mizfit Collective, Max + Eyeda have ousted their better (lesser?) third.  It is unclear to me which parts of the music were crafted by this mysterious third member (all we know about them is that they are likely not named Max or Eyeda), but one can only hope that the lady rapper appearing on the second and third tracks of the album is either Max or Eyeda.

Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around Turnaround turn around

Repetition seems to be a selling point for the Mizfit Collective Max + Eyeda, or at least a focus point.  Perhaps an unconscious point, even, or not even really a point, but rather a truth, an inescapable necessity– fate, predetermined outcome, the only way they know how.  An a priori rule.

ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway ur driveway

This band ought to release a split with Brandon Spaulding of Island Man fame. Their aesthetics are both island-based.  They both know me. It seems like a good fit.  Who knows, maybe Brandon can even complete the Mizfit Collective once more.
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Do I recommend this album? Do I think it’s good? I don’t answer those questions. But it’s a demo, so I suppose it does what it should do: put light amounts of stress on the artists to see if they work well together (2 of them do at least), test out different sounds to see which seem like something someone would listen to (2/3 of the songs pass this test), and give the musicians something to ruminate on as they prepare to start taking their own work more seriously (and in this regard, they have my support, as worthless as my opinion may seem).

If Pitchfork Reviewed This Album I Insincerely Think That They Would Give It A: 5.9

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