We’ve long said there is a alt-pop revolution happening these days at Berklee. From familiar faces like Betty Who and Kiesza to newcomers like Noe, Amy & The Engine, Lili N, and Sarah Kendall, the school is churning out songwriters, producers and voices intent on shaking up the popular music landscape. Next in the queue is M+E, the alt-pop project from songwriter/producer Luke Niccoli that, alongside mar | co, gives our SXSW party a very clean electronic-tinted polish.
Short for Moods And Emotions, M+E worship at the altar of ’90s pop while adding a bit of freshness to the mix. Here’s what we wrote last week when we premiered the video for ‘talkabout.”: “The music of M+E is all about balance. The moods and emotions from alt-pop project mastermind Luke Niccoli pivot between our two favorite styles: the unabashed pop ambition of the ’90s FM dial and the more unfiltered promise of the twenty-teens bedroom project. ‘[It’s] all about nostalgia,’ says Niccoli, who when not creating his own brand of sound as M+E toils as guitarist and co-producer of fellow retro-pop-envelope pushers Amy & The Engine. ‘Musically, I threw it back to some of my favorites ’90s records with the acoustic guitar loop, lead guitar riff, and up-tempo beat. Lyrically, the song is about re-living the memories of a past relationship.’
With an exciting space to grow, check out some of M+E’s early and recent selections below, and take note: those not attending SXSW can catch the project at the Middle East in Cambridge on March 19.