“There Must Be Something In The Water” is the second single released by Niki Moss. It’s an impressive, high energy move with a strong psychedelic underpinning, full of radical transitions that don’t quite make logical sense. Take a sip of Niki’s sonic H20 and it’ll take you places.
After a flutey intro, the track enters on a driving beat and a crunchy guitar lick ablaze. Someone yells that they feel like they’re floating. Nice. We’re on the flower-power bus to groove in cloud city.
All of the sudden, with all that momentum, the bus crashes. Some downers must have kicked in because all that’s left is a realization that something… must… be… in the… water…
At 0:31, so early in the song, the listener is completely taken off guard with these sparse, synchronized hits. I was like, wait, what?
As drums fade back in we enter a new take on the opening riff. The next poisoned water realization is accompanied by a bit more of a beat over some acid-jazz mid-range synth pad. At about 1:50 the wait is over; we finally get a sense of a groove as the infected water settles in.
Moss ventures into modern, aggressively fine-tuned hits accompanied by well-played drums fills. Flutes and harpsichord place it with Italian psychedelic folk bands of the 70s. While the world struggles below in chaos, a glistening theremin-like sound drifts on top in artful quirky resonance.
My favorite section is around 2:45 when these sparkly baroque melodies punctuate over a racing tambourine and driving cymbal-led drum beat. I think I laughed out loud because it reminded me of a Wii MarioKart soundtrack.
The song ends in a bombastic rhythmic outro, with interesting syncopation and experimental Eastern sounds. All in all, I really enjoyed this song. Though the track bounces around a ton, there are consistent motifs interwoven in and out to make it feel cohesive.
It’s a rad journey. If you like it, check out Nikki Moss’s previous single Soylent Green as well.
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