Album Review: Misty Boyce Gets Lost In The Sound of Creation and Grief

Misty Boyce takes a step forward, both lyrically and compositionally, in her latest LP, Get Lost. Known for her expertise in theory and piano performance, Boyce expands upon her musical arsenal, boasting complex counter-melodies and tempo shifts that allow listeners to be enveloped by the record. Get Lost is rich with sweeping, slow arrangements that are tainted by deeply personal lyrics that describe the painful inner-workings of Boyce’s mind.

Boyce has experienced a great deal of success in the years since she has dedicated herself to music entirely. Touring with the likes of Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, and Sting is nothing to turn a nose up to as a fledgling musician. However, just as her solo career gained momentum, she was stunted by the tragic deaths of her step-brother and step-father. While the tone of her songwriting likely shifted dramatically, Boyce kept writing, and Get Lost can be interpreted as her personal method for working through devastating grief.

Tragedy often acts as a great muse for artists, and this seems to be the case for Boyce’s latest record. The leading single, “Oh, Marie,” is packed with emotion as Boyce battles feelings of loss and loneliness, crying “Oh, Marie/I could’ve used the back up/Why’d you leave/To take on the weight of the world when you couldn’t take on me?” These words are accompanied by a ponderous piano melody, with only brief moments of relief from the heavy minor chords.

As a whole, the album flows nearly flawlessly. No two songs sound the same, yet they are sure compliments of each other. However, that flow is disrupted by the three-chord blues-punk anthem “I Don’t Wanna Be Yer Gurl.” The distortion-heavy track stands out blaringly, not exactly fitting in with the tone or theme of the record. It’s quickly followed by the titular track, which promises to be much more pleasing to the ear and contains lyrical depth that dwarfs its predecessor.

Misty Boyce seems to have found her voice in Get Lost. She achieves a beautifully difficult balance between her expose lyricism and complex, yet minimalistic composition. It’s creates a unique environment within the record that is rare and precious, and can only be produced by emotional and artistic honesty.

Get Lost is set for release on February 16th

Guest writer John Wheeler wrote this. He loves music and writing and we think he is great at both.

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