Chicago based artist The Mietus Touch (aka Joseph Mietus) has been a musician all his life. Starting on the Casio keyboard as a child, Mietus played the trombone in high school and college, and has since found himself involved in a number of rock and hip hop projects. His latest release is a solo work, exclusively performed and produced by Mietus himself. Single Digits is an indie-pop earworm that is as radio-ready as it is urbane and polished.
Hints of funk and ’80s pop permeate the foundation of Digits, with tasteful guitar licks abounding. It’s danceable without being over-the-top, a captivating combination of both upbeat and easygoing energy, with a gentle and subtle build throughout.
Inspired by falling in love with someone living under the same area code, Digits is a classic love story with a modern twist. While this may be pop music at its core, don’t mistake that for meaning that there is a lack of artistry or sophistication to be found here. A keen ear turned towards the lyrics reveals rich, poetic writing that paints a vivid picture:
“Switchblade mystery archive devotee
Her curious nature a blank biography“
And while “smoke and honey” may be the defining details of this song’s subject, it’s also exactly the correct descriptor for Mietus’ voice. There is inherent warmth and smoothness at its core, but it’s not without hints of grit around the edges. It’s incredibly well suited to the kind of music he’s creating here – effortless to listen to, but still plenty of character and bite to go around.
This is pop music for those who are looking for more out of their pop music. Digits is complex, nuanced, and altogether enticing in its uniqueness – a recipe for absolute success when executed at the high level that The Mietus Touch is operating at. Stream this mesmerizing single for yourself below.
BELOW: Listen to Digits and connect with his website and social media platforms. Please support The Mietus Touch by visiting him online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing his music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!
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