Vanyaland Premiere: Oh, Malô signal a pop yearning in sound and lyrics with ‘Miss You’


Over the past several months, Boston rock band Oh, Malô have been crafting intricate pop compositions with elements that, as we noted in an earlier post, all fit together like a puzzle piece. But in every puzzle there is one key piece that anchors the rest of the kit, one that serves as a compass for the proper placement of the remaining sections.

On Oh, Malô’s latest single “Miss You”, out today via their third and final color-themed EP series, Orange, that key piece is the opening and sustaining guitar riff. It sets an immediate tone for vocalist Brandon Hafetz’s yearning lyrics, and carries the sense of need throughout what’s the pop-jest and most sonically uplifting thing Oh, Malô has released so far. It might also be the best.

“It is deceptively upbeat and happy musically, yet expresses a very melancholic and reflective tone lyrically,” the band writes. “It is meant to be ironic, light, and even uplifting. Orange is also meant to sound and feel completely opposite to Blue, a sign hopefulness and closure.”


Oh, Malô are playing a Canadian Music Week showcase at Rancho Relaxo tonight in Toronto, then return home for two stellar gigs on the summer calendar: June 12 at Berklee Summer in the City at the Lawn on D, and then July 23 at the ICA Boston’s Harborwalk Sounds series. A few music videos are also in the works for the summer, and all six songs from the trio of color-themed EPs will be joined by six new songs to comprise the band’s debut LP, due this September.

Listen to “Miss You” below…


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