There’s music that connects and engages with me on a purely emotional level, and then there’s music like that of multi-instrumentalist composer Mika Posen — recording and performing as Merganzer — that has a physiological effect on my body. Merzanger’s “Montage” slammed into me (in a good way) the first time I heard it. Posen, playing all instruments and creating all the song’s effects herself, creates a dense, yet buoyant cushion of sound that stopped me dead in my tracks. It felt as if I had been free-falling at high-speed from a great height into an invisible force field that instantly slowed everything around me down to a crawl. Posen plays with purpose and with intent; not a note is out of place or lacking some greater purpose. She makes each pause feel as if it’s dying to tell you a secret it just can’t keep any longer. The song is only five minutes long, but Merganzer invests it with the richness of a full symphony. It’s been days since first hearing “Montage” and I still feel as if my body is recovering — no, adjusting — from the impact.
by Jim Di Gioia
August 27, 2019
CoFounder at DOMINIONATED
Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.