The artists behind the duo Mako are what happens when you fuse an EDM enthused DJ with a Julliard graduate with a scholarship in studio orchestra. Alex Seaver (singer and songwriter) and Logan Light (producer and songwriter) brought their different spectrum’s of musical prowess together to form a different vibe in the dance/pop scene, to make something else that feels very familiar and, well, lovable. The duos first release “Beam” was a huge electro banger, gaining them traction in an up and rising saturated market. From then on, it’s been an elevator ride for the two, to the top of dance and pop charts, coming finally to the top floor, with their full length debut album, Hourglass.
Hourglass is a big shift for the duo, leaning more toward a pop/indie sound that’s a step forward for the two from the normal EDM tracks that most are trying jump in line with nowadays. A breath of fresh air from progressive and banger style tracks, and we must say, a much needed breath at that. A reverse to a lot of artists, who start in the rock alternative category and move into the ever -flowing stream of artists aiming to jump in the bubble that is EDM. Instead, Hourglass is an evolution at a musical crossroads. Traveling into guitars and strings, to a slower tempo, and soulful vocals and lyrics, it is an ode to a creative style of writing and playing that pushes the boundaries, rather than sticking to some kind of formula to get plays and downloads. We commend Mako for stepping over that line, and exploring a new sound to give something refreshing and new with Hourglass.
Hourglass has it’s collectively great tempo changes and sounds, with perfect examples like “North Dakota,” a bass-drum driven track with a soft piano background and a soulful guitar twang. A beautiful track we would give the honor of saying is reminiscent of a John Mayor classic. Moving forward to the next track, “Devil May Cry,” being a little beefier, starting off slow with a beautiful piano melody and orchestral strings and vocals, dropping off into a heavy melodic synth climax. Just another track later, we have “Way Back Home,” which is one of our favorites. The lyrics alone, though there isn’t many, are very heavy and deep. It takes a special talent to sing so effortlessly, but to make someone feel so deeply in such few words is incredible. This track is also more down tempo, and comes in with an almost eerie bass line. Echoing snares and those meaningful lyrics build into violin strings, as the music drops out completely and you’re hit with a different snare sound giving it an almost upbeat vibe, with the violin bringing it all together so perfectly. All of the feels, every last one of them. This track is most definitely a masterpiece.
Consider the RaverRafting verdict out, and call it a complete success. Mako hit the nail on the head with trying something different. Except unlike a lot of acts, they hit a home run. Make that a grand slam. Alex and Logan crossed that metaphorical line in the sand, sliding over into something different than the yawn inspiring usual that we see time and time again from a lot of artists. Let this be a testament and maybe even a blueprint to what it should sound like when it comes to trying something new and different.. and damn good.