Gotye, Missy Higgins, Clare Bowditch, Tommy Emmanuel – just a few names of the people that Melbourne’s Mijo Biscan has been associated with over the years but the tread between them is much more than a support slot; it’s in the glorious music they create. In his debut album, Golden Moment, Mijo Biscan positions himself among these names as a distinguished songwriter, a remarkable composer and a respected musician.
While he had a decade of experience behind him as an established musician, Golden Moment offers Biscan his moment to shine. A contrast of symphonic delights, dramatic pops and brooding melancholia, Golden Moment is not just one moment, it’s a collection of moments that make for a beautiful story. As an extraction of an Icelandic songwriting expedition, it’s no surprise that Biscan explores dark and personal spaces, but it’s how he shapes this emotion that is truly captivating. The production is so warm and rich overall but deeply haunting flashes have the ability to bring the chill as found on single, ‘We’ve Got The Numbers’ which explores freedom and control tug-of-wars. ‘Guilt Shame Horror’ sits upon Radiohead’s ‘Present Tense’ style guitar picking, while ‘You’ve Got Your Life’ showcases those delicate Jeff Buckley vocal quivers.
Recommended listening for fans of Augie March fans.
Reviewed By Tammy Walters