Review: Miso – Metanoia

There’s not much information available about Miso. The singer and producer is based in South Korea but is an enigma to most. Despite being active for numerous years, she has just released her first EP Metanoia which was predominantly written, produced and mixed by herself.

Within the realm of underground Korean R&B the name Miso echoes, she has left traces of her work on many distinguished artists’ discography. She is a part of the crew Club Eskimo, that is headed by DEAN and its prestigious members include Crush and Rad Museum. 

Within the industry, Miso appears as a mystery. She has not given any interviews and, although active on social media, presents herself in a mundane fashion.

Before releasing Metanoia, Miso has released a scattering of singles. She released her single Alone earlier this year and has featured on tracks with Crush, PREP and Offonoff. 

Metanoia, much like Miso’s reputation, was a mystery. Four days prior to its release Miso posted the cover image on her Instagram with the date of when it would be available. The EP’s cover shows an easing image of a pond full of fish reflecting a building in the water. This sense of calm is not only portrayed in the EP’s physical appearance but also the internal, with the four tracks on Metanoia creating a sedative aura.

Metanoia begins with the track Runaway (Intro) a sweet concoction of lo-fi R&B and a melodic piano introducing the ambient feel of the EP. The starting lyrics of “Can we run away to a different place” smoothly presents Miso’s mellow vocals. Compared to the other three tracks featured on Metanoia, Runaway (intro) is the most upbeat track, its seductive beat eases a listener into the next track, Let it go.

Let it go, appears harsh and strict, especially compared to Runaway (Intro). A quick snare and deep bass feels abrupt, but shouldn’t be mistaken, Miso’s innocent vocals still ring throughout the track but is now accompanied by a funk influenced bass guitar. Let it go feels more complex compared to the other tracks showcasing Miso’s talent for production.

The penultimate track, evermore, takes a sentimental stance, its use of simplistic and repetitive piano chords allow a deeper focus on the poignant lyrics – “Did I trust them too much” and “Tranquillise me in disguise.” Showing a complexity in Miso’s writing style, the inner workings of her lyrics are emotive and touching which is brought out by the harmonisation of her vocals.

The final track, Mild Escape, begins with a dramatic build up which crashes back down and unfolds into a sweet piano tune. Soon into the track Miso scats her way into the final chorus of the EP which ends on a serine note.

For her debut EP, Miso has presented a masterclass in production and lyricism. Metanoia, despite its daintiness, presents Miso’s expertise in music. Her soft R&B is reminiscent of a Sunday morning and Metanoia is a tranquil trip that I would happily listen to over and over again.

By Abbie Aitken

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