Music, like fashion and politics, goes in cycles. What was once popular, having faded out of fashion, will likely make its way back to the forefront at some point. But when it comes back it has usually mutated, changed itself in the long journey from obscurity. The new musicians add bits and pieces of other things that have come along since it was first popular, and the end result is something that looks an awful lot like what you remembered, but has changed just enough to be interesting again. Progress is made. The new style that has been created will fade, only to come back later as something new. The cycle begins again.
What does this have to do with Mighty Tiger? They have managed to add a contribution to this cycle, this evolutionary process. They take sunny 60s pop, with it’s simple structures and cheery sound, and add some 80s synths and other eclectic modern elements. The results is something new, but comfortable, like a brand new pair of jeans that’s almost exactly like your favorite old pair of jeans. Or just something fun to listen to.
The fine folks of Mighty Tiger come from the midwest and the southwest, but they met up in Seattle. They haven’t been together all that long, having only formed in 2008, but they’re getting set to release their first album, Western Theater on March 8th.
Maybe it’s just the piano, but this really sounds like Ben Folds to me. No, it’s not just the piano, the singer’s voice is definitely Ben Folds-esque. But I like Ben, so that’s a good thing. Oh, by the way, this is a damn good song.
The album’s opener is upbeat, cheery, and downright fun. It almost sounds like Tally Hall. And that’s a good thing.