Boomkat Product Review:
Sophie Michalitsianos's debut record under the Sol Seppy moniker 'The Bells of 1 2' has proven to be one of those sleeper hits of the year, travelling by word of mouth and of course the internet rather than any discernable hype. The reason for this is simple - it's actually a great record, and this follow-up min-album is a peculiar oddity, taking the best tracks from the album ('Human', 'Come Running') and placing them in-between six other exclusive tracks. It's strange but those two tracks were always the ones I would skip to and played in this context they sound better than ever, the new tracks are beautifully downbeat lo-fi numbers for the most part, exploring the more melancholy side of Michalitsianos's sound. Although here we might not have the sugared pop explosion that has attained her the crossover success 'Pssscheeow' sums up her work in the perfect way, exposing her as a genuinely heartfelt independent spirit. The brevity and grittiness of some of the tracks only serve to show her ballsy rejection of mainstream ideas in favour of simple, effective songwriting. Also included is a quite beautiful video which sums up exactly my feelings when I listen to the track 'Human' - without being too literal the director Ana Viana has made a subtle four minute film which accompanies Michalitsianos's music more than appropriately. 'Pssscheeow' is something of a bizarre repackaging but is worth buying for those of you who own 'The Bells of 1 2' and newcomers alike. Excellent.