Christmas – a time of year when emotions seem intensified, people longing for the company of a special someone, and often covering great distances in order to do so. A track which seems to capture the intensity of this sensation is ‘Smoke’, the new single from Ashford-based four-piece Mosa Wild; poignant indie which invites you to reflect.
Mosa Wild are Jim Rubaduka (Lead Vocal/Guitar/Keys), Alex Stevens (Guitar), Edwin Ireland (Bass), and Charlie Campbell (Drums); and although early in their artistic careers, ‘Smoke’ is a single that carries impressive stormy depths. Falling somewhere between the moving resonance of The National and the rolling bravado of The War on Drugs.
Lush instrumentation of keys and a steady drum pattern opens the track, as if designed to stir up the emotions we associate with nostalgia, of thinking fondly of someone. Rubaduka’s vocals then strike a balance between introspection and expression; his half-whispered pledge “I’m going to do my best to get to you.” As the vocals grow stronger and build on their baritone, the song speaks not just of the intensity of wanting someone but the importance of progress; the repeated line “I’ve got to get somewhere, get somewhere” summarises this with simple power.
A moving and surprisingly mature track for an early single, the capacity that ‘Smoke’ shows for a band exploring the emotions really deserves credit.
‘Smoke’ is available on all streaming platforms and online retailers now. Buy on iTunes here.