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Title - 'W.A.Y' (IDC)
Artist - MKRV

The story of how MKRV came to be is short, but ultimately sweet - and now profitable, of course! In a small town in Moscow, Dima, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter composed simple songs and recorded them using the microphone from his gaming headphones. On one occasion his childhood friend Narek - who played piano and keyboards - decided to join him. Thus began the story of MKRV.

The Russian rock/pop due will release this, their debut album this August - having already released their first self-titled EP in Russia, which featured five original compositions - and my goodness it’s bloody good! More than that it’s quite different to what I was expecting. Ergo, it contains track arrangements that I’m betting you yourselves have never heard before either!

I mean, we’re talking 11 tracks that have been built stunningly on their EP of minimal instrumentation and immaculate English lyrics and brought more to the commercial forth. Much like their follow-up live EP - which comprised of covers of songs that they themselves personally loved - W.A.Y. contains beautiful melodies that clearly push the boundaries of their own musical roots.

Beginning with the Paul Simonesque ‘All This Time’ next up is the storytelling of ‘We Were So Close.’ After listening to this track especially, you'd never guess Dima wasn't American. His seductive, breathless vocal orchestrations are just so spot on perfect. Next comes the flowingly flexible guitar work of 'Your Way Back Home,’ ‘On The Road,’ and then both the seemingly-personal ‘Leave Me Alone’ and the highly-seductive instrumental ‘A Couple of Sparrows.’

The second half of this delightful album continues onwards with ‘Never Look Back, ‘ the U2-referenced ‘Warmth Around You,’ then comes ‘Just Keep Your Eyes Closed,’ before this subtly brilliant acoustic album comes to a close with the thoughtful ‘Wish I Knew’ and then finally ‘You Are.’

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk