Mi Ami - Steal Your Face

01Harmonics (Genius Of Love)
02Latin Lover
03Dreamers
04Secrets
05Native Americans (Born In The U.S.A.)
06Slow

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Mi Ami is committed to their own particular joyful noise, to the intersection of vicious high-energy playing with ebullient communal experience. In this climate, when pretty much every band has some dub records at home and myriad musical influences have been rendered mundane, Mi Ami defines itself by turning inward.

Twelve weeks of touring in 2009, including an extensive two months traveling the US with Thank You, Lexie Mountain Boys and others in support of the 2009 Watersports LP, transformed Mi Ami from what friends described as a “fun time party band” into a lean, tight, near-telepathic unit, which remains fun. The relentless playing of the past spring, from California to Latvia and back, took the band to newfound depths of nuanced, pre-verbal communication and opened up new neural pathways where creativity had previously been kept from flowing. Upon returning home, confident in their abilities, Mi Ami set out to write the bulk of Steal Your Face The music was recorded once again by Phil Manley at Lucky Cat Studios. The album is far and away Mi Ami’s finest sounding, and the one which is most aligned with their live show. The definitive element of Mi Ami’s stage sound has always been the juxtaposition of Daniel Marin-McCormick’s jagged guitar and shrieking vocals with Jacob Long’s mammoth bass, and Steal Your Face captures and amplifies those tones to the max. Each track was approached with unique sonic characteristics in mind, from the claustrophobic mind-scape of “Harmonics (Genius of Love)” to the fading light of “Dreamers” to the sharp, lacerating tone of “Latin Lover” to the avant boogie of album closer “Slow.”

Where before, melodies had been suggested, here they are fully developed. Where structure had previously meandered, here each song uses a minimum of means to “get to there,” allowing the playing to fly free. And, where lyrics had been left unprinted, here they are laid out completely, an integral part of the music. Technically, there are four components to Mi Ami’s music: Drums, Bass, Guitar and Vocals. And yet,essentially there is only one: the unified sound, more than the sum of its parts, each individual component coming from and returning to the singular whole.

Anyone interested in understanding what Mi Ami is about would do well to start with this album. More concise than Watersports more confident than their other pre-Thrill Jockey releases and better sounding than anything else they have done, Steal Your Face marks their arrival as a fully-formed, organically mature band