Plain Mister Smith has today released his new full-length LP titled ‘I’m Just Plain Mister Smith’. A wide and varied rock/pop project a long time in the making, this next evolution in this artist’s revolution sees a deepening of the earlier EP and adds more dimensions with a welcoming and unique blend of sounds that create a beautiful experience with day-making hooks and vivid sonic pastels.
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Plain Mister Smith is a musical mystery by design. With his knowingly commonplace, everyday name, the artist has used his anonymity to create a platform for beguilingly experimental work, its universality helped by the possibility that its creator could just about be anyone (it’s actually Vancouver musician Mark Jowett, but shh!).
It’s a difficult task to summarize one’s identity when the identity is an intentional mystery, but Plain Mister Smith has done just that with his debut album, titled ‘I’m Just Plain Mister Smith’. Across its nine tracks, Plain Mister Smith traverses the gamut of what indie music can be, blending folksy acoustics with futuristic synths and everything in between, all underscored by layered, self-reflexive songwriting.
The album also recruits alter ego-free collaborators Jocelyn Price and Jordan Klassen, whose soulful vocals lend a cuttingly specific edge to the universal, wide-ranging sounds pioneered by Mister Smith, such as on the Price-featuring lead single, “Satori Space”.
On the album, Plain Mister Smith says, “I’m Just Plain Mister Smith album is a dog’s breakfast of lyrical jewels, exploring alien arrivals, self-loathing and delusion, seduction in space, and cat cafes in Osaka. Sonically the music creeps and rolls along and soars too, and sometimes the guitars and strings and keyboards are lush and pastoral, on top of which Jordan Klasen and Jocelyn’s Prices’ vocals can intermesh and hypnotize. Maybe there’s something here for music obsessives, who like their music a little pop but rogue too, where you never quite know what lies around the next sonic corner”.