By Matt Craig Burke
Have you ever listened to an album that sounds vaguely familiar? Well, Motopony does just that. A blend of Cold War Kids, Jack White, and maybe even some Hozier added to the mix, all pour into Welcome You.
By no means is Motopony a copy-cat. They simply just capture that 00’s sound, nothing ground-breaking really, but the great thing about Welcome You is that each song has its own sound. Nobody wants to hear a repetitive 11 song LP and Motopony’s tracks are recognizable after the first listen allowing you to sink into the album quite nicely. Singer Daniel Blue is a substantial part of this as he disguises his vocals throughout the record, keeping the songs separated and unique. “Gypsy Woman” is a perfect example, with a heavy hand on the synth, crawling keyboards, and highly addicting slurring vocals that scream Cold War Kids, as others, “Molly” shows off Blue’s soft side with smoother vocals. “Livin’ In the Fire” could be a b-side to Jack White’s Blunderbuss, while “1971” holds its own with a mesmerizing chorus of nostalgia that’s particular to Motopony. “Where it Goes” is a transient seven minute hypnosis, laced with sitar and dreamy landscapes that dissolve the album to its demise.
Although the band obtains a common sound, they have their own flavor. Their indie-rock vibe is on the verge of pop allowing for an easy listen that will appeal to most indie lovers. With so much music available its nearly impossible to not resemble someone else. At least Motopony picks up the good qualities.