I’ve probably been clumped for all my music reviews for Craccum, and based on all of that, it’s obvious that I’ve never listened to Mako Road. My flatmate was raving about them having a new album, so I thought I’d give it a go. Stranger Days, an 8-track album released in late July 2021. So, it’s relatively new I guess. Locally born, Mako Road got their name when they all moved in a flat together and saw the sign “Mako Rd”, and personally, shapes a lot of their songs.
Being a fan of Sticky Fingers, it’s so easy to compare the two groups, but Mako Road has their own sound. When I listened to the album, the beats just take you on a trip, specifically, that summer escapism that everybody just yearns for. It helps one reimagine themself in a summer without Covid, where you could walk freely abouts anywhere. They also have this charm that’s perfect for a cheeky Whammy! Backroom closed gig. Stranger Days, in comparison to their other singles (“The Green Superintendent” and “The Sun Comes Up”), creates an album version of these hits. In other words, each song in the album acts as a particle of a conclusive song. I can’t identify if this effect is good or bad, but it’s enjoyable. When you start it’s just fun. From “Go To Bed” to “Anywhere You’d Like To Go”, it is proven as a healing vitamin for any mood. I’ve personally tried it both when crying and going up an arc.
“Definitely, some cinematic resolution shit I’m here for.”