Mikhael Paskalev – ‘I Spy EP’

Our rating:

Strip away the sight of the musician dancing in his pants, and what’s left is the same raw soul that’s on show throughout the 26-year-old’s debut UK release.

Last year, the video for Norwegian-Bulgarian singer-songwriter Mikhael Paskalev’s track ‘I Spy’ went viral. Strip away the sight of the musician dancing in his pants, and what’s left is the same raw soul that’s on show throughout the 26-year-old’s debut UK release. Across four tracks Paskalev shows off his ability to take on different musical styles, from the lusty Bob Dylan narrative of ‘Susie’ to the grand folk of closer ‘Dust’. The title track is the worst thing here, for some reason taking Of Monsters & Men’s joyousness to overzealous extremities. But it’s saved from disaster by Paskalev’s natural, youthful charm, which is reminiscent of early Bombay Bicycle Club and Justin Young’s pre-Vaccines solo project Jay Jay Pistolet. It could get him a long way.

Rhian Daly

Details

Record label: Communion
Release date: 18 Nov, 2013