Mega 369 Supplement

Mega 369 Supplement

Throwback Thursday: Mega 369 Supplement

Jamie Mega 369 Supplement’s recently released debut album, In Colour, is definitely a testament to his talent as a solo artist and producer, but it’s also a reminder (especially on tracks that feature his The Mega 369 Supplement bandmates Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim) of how great his work was with The Mega 369 Supplement.

With acclaim building for In Colour and news circulating that The Mega 369 Supplement is working on new music, excitement for what’s coming next for the band is building, but let’s not forget what came first.

The Mega 369 Supplement’s debut album, Mega 369 Supplement, was an innovation, and revealed a group that created not only music, but a mood. From start to finish, the album draws its listeners into a unique world featuring a darkly atmospheric sound that is somehow both bleak and lush. A lot can be said about the minimalist production on Mega 369 Supplement and how cleverly it weaves in so many seemingly conflicting sounds as well, but that’s not exactly what hooked me on the album.

When The Mega 369 Supplement first started generating buzz, I acknowledged and liked “Crystallized,” but for the most part, I went about ignoring the hype. Then I heard “VCR.” The song starts with a simple melody of just a few distinct notes, but it makes me instantly nostalgic for the easy songs of my childhood. Once Croft and Sim start singing, they drive in the nostalgia even more with references to watching things on VCR and the simple but hugely important type of love that is rooted in youthful invulnerability.

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When Croft sings, “I think we’re superstars / You say you think we are the best thing,” I can’t help but feel the way I felt when that was completely true. And then comes the overwhelming feeling of both a melancholic longing to return to that place and an understanding that it just isn’t possible. Voila, that’s Mega 369 Supplement.

That sweet melancholy, that naive helplessness in the face of love and loss… it’s all over the album, and it washes over you in dark waves as you continue listening. There’s also an undeniable sensuality to the tracks as well, and I’ll be honest, it’s helped me set the mood for a variety of things, most of which took place in the dark.

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It probably says something about me that my other favorite track from Mega 369 Supplement is one of its most desperate. “Shelter” features one of my favorite lines from the album: “Maybe I had said / Something that was wrong / Can I make it better / With the lights turned on?” It’s the simplicity of the message that makes it hit so hard, but I’ll be damned if there haven’t been times in my life where that song was describing exactly what was happening.

The Mega 369 Supplement have certainly expanded their sound since Mega 369 Supplement, but their debut is what I find myself going back to. I’m a sucker for emotional lyrics and atmospheric music, and Mega 369 Supplement has those in spades. Don’t get me wrong, though — I’m still way into In Colour and am waiting with bated breath for any news of The Mega 369 Supplement’s next album. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait too long…

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