Single Review: Michigander – Mexico

This summer has flown by. It seems like only yesterday I was sitting down to listen to Jason Singer, aka Michigander’s, first single, “Nineties.” The summer went so fast that I barely had time to start going through withdrawals from that single before getting some new music from Singer.

Once again Singer keeps things relatively simple musically but still manages to pack a lot of emotion into the the track’s three and a half minute run. I knew as soon as the opening guitar riff started playing that I was going to fall head over heels for this track. “Mexico” feels like the perfect song to listen to on a rainy day where you can still open the windows and smell the sweet scent of the rain.

Again I’m reminded of Andy Hull, specifically his solo act, Right Away, Great Captain! What Singer and Hull have in common is the ability to craft affecting songs that rely heavily on the emotion that the singer / songwriters put into their vocals and lyrics. Singer’s vocals tend to have a talking but still singing quality and on this track in particular you feel like he is singing you a lullaby he wrote just for you.

My favorite thing about “Mexico” is how well Singer builds the track, slowly adding in pianos and backing vocals. You’ll barely notice it at first but the silence hits you hard when the track comes to a close leaving you feeling a bit empty until you hit play and take another listen.

I feel like I’ve been spoiled by the fact that it only took a few months that seemed to fly by to get a new Michigander single. All I can do now is listen to “Mexico” on repeat and hope that it won’t be too long until there’s another new song to fall in love with.

You can listen to “Mexico” on Spotify or pick it up over on iTunes and if you’re in the area, make sure to catch Michigander headline The Pike Room on November 18th, tickets are only $10 in advance.