Written by Lauren Rosier
The Toronto-based outfit, Hasten Mercy, the solo project of Head Fake band member, Michael Baker, reveals his newly-completed, self-titled electronic pop EP via Global Heist Recordings.
The EP is just a short and sweet three songs and focuses on Baker‘s ability “to refocus his musical energy after years of pursuing a path more traveled.”
After thoroughly listening to the songs a few times, I truly enjoyed the songs on this EP. The opening track, “Star You Are,” instantly gave me some slight Tame Impala and Washed Out vibes. The introduction, especially, is what inspired that feeling. The lyrics talk about positivity and the “consequences of all your sacrifices” and “the day you’ll no longer pay the price.”
The middle track, “These Things,” is my favorite of the three songs. “These Things” is about the beginning stages of a relationship and being shy and unsure of whether or not to call someone or not (“And I’m sorry that I didn’t call sooner/That I waited so long/I wasn’t sure that you wanted me to”). I love the low-key vibe with its slight 80s-leaning sound.
The third and final track on the EP is titled “I Break Everything,” (a song I can thoroughly relate to), and is a song about feeling like everything you do, breaks something, hurts someone, or simply “stains” it.
What I love about these three songs is that Baker touches upon topics and that most of us have dealt with at some point in our lives or will have to deal with in life. He writes songs that mean something and that’s more than we can ever hope for as listeners.
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