Oh! Mega! – “Vagaries”

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NYC-based quintet Oh! Mega! flaunt a refreshing sound that reminds me of a cross between Massive Attack’s sensuous soundscapes and Janelle Monae’s jazz-leaning versatility. “Vagaries” is a stellar track that rides on many enjoyable aspects. I’m particularly fond of the instrumental bridge around 01:30 with its slick keys and guitar skiffle, before launching again into the smoothly melodic vocals. The chorus – “these vagaries don’t soothe me, do they?” – is infectious and warm, yearning in its tone but infectious in the expertly produced mixture of pop, alternative, and jazz. This quintet packs plenty of radio appeal despite impressive stylistic versatility. Suave and stylistically tasteful, “Vagaries” is a great showing from Oh! Mega!, whose new EP can be streamed in full below:

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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