If you’re a sucker for bright yet dank electro-pop, then Miroji might just be your new obsession. Last week the Canberra natives released their new single ‘Satisfied Minds’ and it’s blown my socks off. The track is a stellar follow-up to their debut EP Where You’re Wrong (2021), which sees producer George and vocalist Gogo properly establish their sound.
I’ve been a fan of these two since late 2020 after catching their second-ever performance as part of the Hot Chips music showcase at Chippendale’s Knox Street Bar. Even with presumed performer nerves, the pair were captivating, and their (then unreleased) EP spoke for itself. From then on, I was convinced they were part of Australia’s electro-pop new frontier, and my fangirling began.
‘Satisfied Minds’ is a clear evolution from previous releases and delivers insight into Miroji’s sound development. On this one, they’ve sailed to the next level!
I was lucky enough to speak to Gogo and George this week to ask how this shift occurred, and the answer was a classic tale of bedroom pop. “It’s the first song we’ve ever recorded outside of our bedroom studio… and by bedroom ‘studio’ we mean me sitting on the side of George’s bed amongst his Star Wars posters,” explained Gogo. As an artist who’s recorded plenty of songs this way, I’ve only fallen further in love knowing our shared experience.
For this record, Gogo and George took the leap and recorded in an actual (gasp) studio, specifically that of ARIA nominated Hip Hop act Citizen Kay. And the results speak for themselves, with precise and complex production. Programming that perfectly complements Gogo’s soaring vocals, which have themselves taken a new route with the creation of delicious depth and texture through AlunaGeorge-style pitching and chopping. All of this is punctuated by a fat four-to-the-floor drop crowning it as an undeniable banger.
In a world of lockdowns where unsatisfied minds run rampant, a tune like this is a ray of hope guiding us back to sweaty, endless nights of dancing and dubious decisions. I’m not saying Miroji’s ‘Satisfied Minds’ is a cure to the blues, but it comes pretty close (apply liberally).