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Let MT WARNING Tell You a Story With 'Midnight Set'

Mt Warning

New South Wales outfit MT WARNING did not come about in your usual ‘form a band, record some songs’ fashion.

A collaboration between American film-maker Taylor Steele and NSW singer-songwriter Mikey Bee, the roots of the project began when Steele approached Bee after a solo show, challenging him to create music with visual stories. This newfound friendship quickly became an exploration into the creation of music with a sonic and visual narrative, with the pair creating music that let the instrumentation speak as much as the lyrics. They didn’t just want to play music; they wanted to be storytellers.

‘Midnight Set’ is the fruit of Bee and Steele’s storytelling exploration. A concept album at its core, it aims to take the listener on a journey along the timeline of a lifetime, exploring themes from youthful innocence to mid-life uncertainty. Considering the heavy storytelling focus of the release, the lyrics remain more vague than one would expect, evoking emotions rather than spelling out events. Thankfully, this is an effective move. From We know that’s what we are / and we know where we’ll end up in opener ‘Midnight Dawn’ to My breath is gone with the wind / my sight fades with the light in striking closer ‘Midnight Set’, the lyrics clearly evoke themes as relevant to the timeline, but remain open for interpretation. Listeners are free to follow the story, or create their own.

Sonically, ‘Midnight Set’ is stunning. Really. With just enough stylistic variation to hold listener interest (whilst remaining incredibly cohesive), it moves through reverb-heavy soundscapes, such as Alaska, to guitar-fuelled rock tracks like Tattoo. Album highlights include singles Youth Bird and the utterly captivating Forward Miles, with its slow-burner pace, metronomic percussion and hypnotic backing vocals. The vocals are of particular note on this album; in addition to Bee’s strong and emotive lead, the backing vocals consistently create depth and interest without ever becoming overpowering, a remarkable addition to the already beautiful soundscapes.

‘Midnight Set’ is not perfect; tracks such as Adrift and Promises, although demonstrating fantastic songwriting and performances, left a little more to be desired. But MT WARNING has, all in all, created an affecting, sonically and lyrically rich album that is equally stirring as reflective. Enchanting and stunning, you need ‘Midnight Set’ in your life. 

Let MT WARNING tell you a story. 

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