By: Sterling Martin
Michal Menert’s newest project, dubbed Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, has already gained mass appeal and support from fans and artists, alike. Menert has joined forces with a few other artists like WillDabeast and Marcelo Moxy, along with longtime drummer AC Lao to create an indie-anything band led by vocals from The Godfather himself.
Making a monumental entry into the 1 album is “A Pretty Fantastic Intro.” This funk-soul blend has the perfect amount of energy and pizzazz to force even the dullest of heads to nod.
The sextet managed to create a sort of “space-western” in “High Noon,” which would have undoubtedly made the soundtrack for Cowboys & Aliens, had this been 2011. It quickly blossoms into a deep, electronic groove.
“Shanghai,” the first single off the release that premiered last week, is smooth and optimistic while keeping a soft tone throughout.
The most appropriately titled, “Running Through Airports,” features a series of atmospheric claps, clicks and shakers help fuel along the upbeat track, which actually does remind you of trekking through an extremely large, crowd at the airport.
In “The Problem,” Michal repeats, “Maybe we’re crazy for trying to be free,” over a fat bass line and blissful melodies—all of which epitomizing the power and emphasizing the meaning of his lyrics.
“Alright Okay,” a lively, refreshing installment, brings an array of emotions to the table. Catchy vocals strung through various stylistic progressions allow the song to set the mood for just about any occasion.
As 1 nears its end, there is anything but a lack of momentum carrying it. The more subtle, yet crisp “Paradiso,” is a reminder that we are all here together—grouped together and separated, united and divided from each other—and that still yet we’re left alone with no one but ourselves to determine the groups in which we belong. The track begs use of the repeat button, and if given the opportunity, will make you appreciate the life you’ve been given.
Following “Paradiso,” is “If You Knew,” a massive indie-tronic anthem that is just as diverse as the rest of the release. Reminiscent of an old-school videogame score during the final battle against the biggest, baddest boss-villain, the song delves into much more of a fast-paced, eccentric style than seen elsewhere on the album.
Leaving the listener almost floating on a cloud, is the outro, “Lullabye.” After fading slowly into silence, the only thing you’ll be asking is: Can I please have seconds?
Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics are in the midst of 36 performances across the U.S. Featuring support from Russ Liquid and StarRo, the tour ensures an unforgettable experience for those who attend.
“I love that guy,” Russell Scott (Russ Liquid) said of Menert just before tour. “It’s gonna be a great group of musicians, and all of us are gonna be throwing down together. It’s not a ‘normal’ tour… it’s going to be a collaborative, awesome experience and I’m super stoked to be a part of it.”
Get your copy of 1 by Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics today with a “Name Your Price” option through Super Best Records, and be sure to grab tickets for the tour in a city near you—before it’s too late!
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