• Ellie Howorth

Single Review: MYTBE - bluff

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

MYTBE is the sweet, soulful project of indie pop artist Phoebe Taylor. Originally from South London, she now resides in Manchester, where she’s played frequent support shows at venues across the city. The singer recently released her debut single, bluff, and is set to play her debut headline show in Manchester this September.

Produced by Hugo M. Hardy, bluff feels quietly intimate, blending sincere lyricism with subtle instrumentals and rich vocals. Written in the midst of a night of insomnia, MYTBE describes the track as ‘a letter to her subconscious’, with lyrics surrounding tormented minds filled with echoes and screams.

The track takes on a lullaby-esque structure, with breezy harmonies waltzing through sleepy synths and glittering piano hooks, before rising into an ambient arrangement of whispering choruses and echoing instrumentation.

Taking influences from artists such as ELIZA and Lianne La Havas, MYTBE fuses gentle soul with hints of electro-pop, crafting tranquil melodies, tailor-made for a hazy sunset soundtrack.

The song’s lyric video takes place in a simple setting, starring MYTBE sat in front of a projector displaying handwritten lyric sheets, whilst cuddling a teddy bear. The video’s fuzzy visuals reflect the warm intimacy of bluff, showcasing heartfelt confessions within a modest backdrop.

MYTBE and her band, featuring Sean Rogan, James Davis, and Nathan Carroll, were originally due to perform their first co-headline show earlier this month, however the Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in them rescheduling to September. Having opened for artists such as Oscar Jerome, Asgeir, and Anna McLuckie over the past year, MYTBE’s debut headline show promises to be one to look forward to; watching how she brings the cosy feel of the studio into a rawer live setting.

It may only be her first single, but bluff sets MYTBE apart as a new pop visionary, with her mellow vocals, brutally honest lyricism, and soulful instrumentals set to soundtrack the summer.

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