As a musician, I am open and willing to listen to any type of music. During the summer, with my enormous amounts of free time, I found myself searching for new artists to listen to every week.
The album “Geography” by Tom Misch combines numerous musical genres into one album. The album has 13 tracks.
According to Apple Music, Misch is a London-based producer, singer and songwriter who blends hip-hop-inspired beats with smoothly soulful vocals and guitar.
Misch’s musical background includes playing the violin as a child. Throughout his years in school, Misch listened to rock n’ roll until he was introduced to hip-hop music.
The album “Geography” shows Misch’s style of blending numerous styles of music to create a masterpiece. While listening to this album, I found three songs that really demonstrates his diversity of giving the love to every genre.
The album starts off with the song “Before Paris” which opens up with a singular person (most likely Misch himself) explaining how his philosophy is to be a musician because you love playing music, and not for the money.
After Misch finishes his dialogue, the drums and bass come in playing a solid pocket, which is a musician term that means a beat that is together.
The genre Misch is trying to portray to his listeners in this track is a funk style when people listen to this song. In my opinion, when the drums and bass come in, listeners should be bopping their heads back and forth.
Later on, in the album, the song “Movie” produces a ballad style.
The time signature, which is determining how many beats are in a musical measure, is in 3/4 time. This gives the listeners’ ears a break from the three other songs they heard, which were considered to be loud and in-your-face.
Throughout the first three songs, Misch incorporates hip-hop into his music, ranging from 30 seconds to half of the song. Since Misch found a liking for hip-hop, it makes sense that he would try and incorporate it into his music.
Finally, toward the end of the album, the song “Water Baby,” featuring Loyle Carner, introduces the listener to a jazzier style of music. The song features a horn section that is put through special effects to make it more modern. While listeners are enjoying the song, it is hard not to realize how the flow of the song is natural. It is not forced to distract the listeners. It helps project the listeners toward the lyrics.
According to Apple Music, “Geography” is considered to be an alternative album. Yet, I’d argue it is more of a funk or world album. The amount of bass and drum combo that is present during the album makes listeners enjoy it even more.
“Geography” is avaliable on all streaming devices and apps. Apple Music is $5 for college students. Students must verify their academic email to receive the discount.