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"Playing This Alone" - Meyru | Review

Meyru is a five-piece indie/alternative rock band from New York City whose sound has been described as “perfecting the balance between subdued and energetic indie rock.” And they really hit the nail on the head with this one.

Indie rock is just so effortlessly cool… and the breed of indie rock that Meyru has captured is in a league of its own. “Playing This Alone” is no exception. There’s something about that mellow, grungy sound that makes you want to sit back, put your feet up, and just vibe to some good music. The sweet, yet perfectly disheveled sound feels so genuine and natural, emanating a breezy contentment. It’s the kind of sound that makes you feel like everything is alright with the world… even if it’s not.

There’s an overwhelming perception of melancholy that inundates the sound, but the allure of “Playing This Alone” is that they’ve done it in such a playful manner. The music is catchy, it’s easy to groove to, but the connotation behind the song itself feels cathartic in the least angsty way possible.

The juxtaposition between the lyrics and the music is what really brings that classic indie vibe home. On the interpretation of the song, Meyru says it’s “written about how relationships in your 20’s can often feel like one big game. Sometimes it feels like we’re all just bending and changing for someone we want or wasting each other’s time just for fun.”

The grungy bass throughout the track is borderline dreamy, a descriptor I never thought I’d use to illustrate that. The change in pitch towards the end of the track provides such beautiful variety, keeping you captivated, charmed, and begging for more. And the bridge? I mean, come on… there’s a moment where it turns a little grislier, almost bitter-sounding – and the stick clicks dropping off into the outro, introducing those spacy vocals is such a beautiful conclusion to the song that really solidifies the sentiment.

Fans of smooth indie-rock and bands like Cage The Elephant, Joyce Manor, Peach Pit, and Tigers Jaw who might be in the mood for something a little more mellow would really enjoy Meyru’s “Playing This Alone.”

Meyru will be joining RIZ LA VIE on tour stops in Pittsburgh on November 5th, and Washington, DC on November 6th.

Written by Lena Hageman

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