Nestled within the enigmatic world of indie folk music lies a figure that captivates curiosity – Plain Mister Smith. November 3rd marked the arrival of ‘El Presidente,’ Plain Mister Smith’s latest creation released through Popoganda Records, unveiling a masterpiece composition that magnifies Smith’s artistry and surreal musical finesse.
Mysterious yet occasionally visible in the music scene, Plain Mister Smith has carved out his niche within indie-folk. His knack for witty songwriting and incredible musicality has established him as a rising luminary artist. Nestled between the cultural vibrancy of Vancouver and the eclectic beat of London, his journey echoes the tales of musical legends beyond the mysterious veiling. However, as the story goes, one day Mark Jowett woke up and there was a man in a pinstriped suit with a globular head looking at him. He couldn’t figure out if it was an apparition, a freaky stranger, or a musical persona in human form. What we do know, is it sparked the fire of a new project, and Plain Mister Smith was born.
‘El Presidente’ encapsulates the quintessence of Smith’s musical brilliance, offering a sonic tapestry that parallels the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Elliot Smith while dancing into realms that are wittier and beautifully atypical. The mellifluous vocals of Findlay Brown intertwine seamlessly with intricate, almost Latin, acoustic guitar chords and the tender embrace of cello and synthesized pads. The song’s heartbeat pulses with unpredictability and elusive rhythms, weaving a lyrical tapestry that explores the persona of a former record label president.
In Smith’s own words, “There was once a record label president that took a shot in the dark with two punks starting a small indie label in Canada and gave them a deal. One of those punks was me, Plain Mister Smith and El Presidente is about that crazy legend of a record company president.”
‘El Presidente’ goes beyond its catchy melody and enchanting music; it holds a deeper narrative, paying homage to a legend who believed in the unfathomable potential of a young artist, captured eloquently within the song’s verses. It’s a musical testament to the impactful encounters that shape destinies and drive the creative spirit. As anticipation builds for Plain Mister Smith’s upcoming album, ‘El Presidente’ stands as a tantalizing prelude, a glimpse into a world where musicality transcends boundaries and storytelling takes unprecedented forms. It’s not just a single; it echoes artistic brilliance and marks the beginning of an enthralling musical adventure.
With ‘El Presidente,’ Plain Mister Smith invites listeners on a journey, beckoning them into the enigmatic corridors of his creativity, leaving behind a trail of intrigue and a promise of musical transcendence that continues to captivate and mesmerize.
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