Posted November 10, 2022 by Mike Mineo in Radio-Friendly Pop/Folk

Mardi Lumsden – “nineteen”

“nineteen” is a spacey pop pleaser from Mardi Lumsden, representing the third single from the Brisbane, Australia-based artist’s sophomore album. Feelings of young love and its exciting embrace flow throughout the track, with the colorfully nostalgic synth energy in the chorus reminding fondly of M83.

Crafted as part of a song-a-week songwriting challenge that Mardi did alongside husband/collaborator/producer Andrew Pennay in 2020 and 2021, “nineteen” compels with a synth-fronted pop sound that’s accessible and effervescent, hooking quickly. “nineteen” is also the byproduct of a fruitful self-production process — “self-released, self-produced and recorded” in their Brisbane home — later mixed by UK-based Charlie Holmes (Aurora, Ed Sheeran, Anne Marie) and mastered by Simon Francis (Charlie Puth, Julia Stone, Björk).

Steadily escalating synths provide an immediate sense of vibrancy. Lumsden’s vocals emerge with a more subdued entrancement, with a bass-y backing adorned by chripy synth integrations. “When we were 19,” she sings into the irresistible chorus, evoking nostalgia and young love with starry-eyed enthusiasm. “nineteen” is a polished pop success from Mardi Lumsden.

Photo Credit: Jade Furguson, Visual Poets Society

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

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