Mr. MooQ’s single Complicated, from the EP of the same name, introduces a creatively blissful instrumental set-up, and a subsequent vocal and story-line that add an essential layer of humanity and emotion to the experience.
What begins as an appealing and somewhat dreamlike bit of ambiance, soon evolves into something of an uplifting, retro pop hit. The hook sees the energy rise so much higher – the beat comes in, the soundscape gathers weight and warmth. The whole thing feels reminiscent of a Phil Collins classic in many ways. There’s a defiantly nostalgic aura to the general groove of that hook, and the more you hear it, the more enjoyable it becomes.
Mr. MooQ has mastered the art of contrast on this release, skillfully progressing from the gentle and near-whispered uncertainty of the verses, to the energizing and colourful resolve of the hook. The song is incredibly personal, and those intimate emotions stand tall – Mr. MooQ has encapsulated the underlying sentiment in everything from the lyrics to the structure to the performance. It’s a quickly likable track, and one that’s difficult to forget once it’s crossed your path. Hints of sax and distant audio fragments help really light up those bigger moments. A pleasure to listen to.