Mellisa continues the same themes of LP1, with twigs reflecting on her submissive/possessive role in her relationships with a more dominant voice, 'cause even when she appears weak or vulnerable on a song, her voice prowls over her music; I know this comes more to personal preferences, but I like her softer voice much more, and while I know her presence on this EP is a sign of maturation, it kills some of the appeal her music had for me.
And I can't help but compare this EP to LP1, especially when I noticed how hookless Mellisa is; and that's baffling when you remember that LP1 has some of the best hooks of the 21st century. There's not a "Video Girl", "Give Up" or "Two Weeks" here, and that's a problem because the songs here are just not that strong on an instrumental level.
Yes, the production here is risky, experimental and can certainly take anyone out of their comfort zone, but it doesn't matter how out there you are if you can't keep your music interesting, 'cause all these tracks run out of steam pretty quickly.
Nonetheless, twigs gives amazing performances as always, and her songwriting is better than before, especially on the cryptic "Mothercreep", which serves as the perfect prequel to MAGDALENE.
So, while M3LL155X may not be my cup of tea, I can still admire it as a bold artistic move from one of the most unpredictable artists right now, and I'm sure that in some time I'll find myself liking it a bit more.
Best track: Figure 8
Worst track: I'm Your Doll
(Sorry for not posting the rest of my twigs reviews, but we med students are actual slaves. I hope to finish her discography this weekend. Anyway, thanks for reading, xoxo)