It seems like forever since I fell in love with the song “In A Million Years” by the band Misty Coast, the dream-pop child of Linn Frøkedal and Richard Myklebust, known from the Norwegian noise rock act The Megaphonic Thrift. It was, in fact, September of 2020, not forever but a few moments ago. My closing comment about that song was, “I give it five stars, this is a lovely little song, and I hope I get to hear it in a full-length album soon. I don’t want to wait a million years.” It turns out that I didn’t have to wait a million years, only six months, give or take a million minutes.
So, fast forward to today, and I get to listen through the entire album, “When I Fall From The Sky”. The song “In A Million Years” has not lost its lustre and fits very comfortably amid all the other magical music moments on this album.
The opening track, Switch Off, was picked as the opener based on the guitar hooks and the opening vocal line. Switch Off is a psychedelic throwback with nods to the Beatles circa Sgt. Peppers. Misty Coast also drew psychedelic inspiration from the band Quilt. Stereolab gets a nod for influencing the title, are they switched on or off? Now I have to listen to Sgt. Pepper, Quilt and Stereolab to properly research this blog, such is the nature of the sacrifice that I make for music.
Next up in the queue is a catchy little pop song that the producer of this fine album, Emil Nikolaisen, calls “the Cardigans song.” Queue up the Cardigans now; thanks a lot Misty Coast for expanding my listening coastline.
And this brings us to a reprise of the song, In A Million Years, which was my initial introduction to Misty Coast. This track still shine from a million light years away in the six months since I first listened to it.
We then roll through a Ghost Town, experience Jet Lag, and a trip down memory lane in the song ’92, with guest vocalist Hilma Nikolaisen. She is the sister of the album producer Emil Nikolaisen, and she also plays the bass for Serena-Maneesh, a Norwegian alternative rock band from Oslo. Misty Coast tells us that the lyrics for ’92 make jokes about indie heads stuck in the ’90s, with their flannel shirts and bitter for not dying at 27 like all their music heroes.
We then swallow a musical gem called “Sugar Pill” that builds from a minimalist start to a mind-blowing psychedelic mishmash of guitars and synthesizers. I love it!
The next song is fun. The title is “Fun”. The arrangement is delightful; producer Emil Nikolaisen turned the song into a fun bit of psychedelic imagery that revolves around the theme of social anxiety. I never thought social anxiety was fun, but you will get the drift if you listen to the song lyrics.
And then the album, When I Fall From The Sky, closes with the songs “Do You Still Remember Me?” and the title track. Yes, I still remember Misty Coast, and I encourage you, the reader, to give this album a listen. Available where fine music is presented with a thank you to the label Fysisk Format and our friends at Mystic Sons.