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Live Review: Muki gives a bittersweet reminder that ‘Friends Don’t Make Out’

11 October 2017 | 10:28 am | Freya Dinesen

Sydney pop songstress MUKI has finally gratified our incessent sugar cravings with the release of her second single, ‘Friends Don’t Make Out’. 

Sydney pop master MUKI has finally gratified our incessant sugar cravings with the release of her second single, ‘Friends Don’t Make Out’. This latest number comes six long months after she made her music debut with ‘Sassaparilla’ back in March, which quickly infiltrated the Spotify Viral Charts and cast her onto the radar of Australian and international pop fiends alike.

Since taking over the airwaves with her vivacious first offering, Muki has certainly kept up momentum, scoring herself a fanciful support spot on tour with CLIENT LIASON, alongside Total Giovanni, and now set to hit the road again with PACES. Now fresh off the touring line, this new tune is more than enough to fuel the dream train.

‘Friends Don’t Make Out’ is defiantly effervescent and literally bursting with bold and bright flavours. Opening with a fresh serve of potent bubbling pop, this unique track continues the artist's liquescent production style to ooze kaleidoscopic timbres through buoyant synth pads and what can only be described as melodic sugary sprinkles. These sounds bring with them vibrant hues and sweet crunchy textures, harbouring the same ebullience of the delicious confectionary particles.

Second only to this enchanting sonic anomaly is the song's homage to the astounding awkwardness that often transpires from making out with a friend, serving as an abashing reminder of the uncomfortable limbo that has you bouncing off the walls in a way that is equally comparable to pairing Skittles with Creaming Soda in the same sitting.

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Muki’s vocals are, au fond, the velvety icing that holds everything together, yielding its own unique sonic flavour that blends the track’s audacious sonic palette with superlative pop sensibilities and ultimately evinces the songwriting abilities of this luminous up-and-comer.

Word on the street is Muki's debut EP will be out in 2018, so hopefully the upcoming silly season will distract us until then. If you want to hear more of her contagious tunes in the meantime, you can catch her and FEKI supporting PACES on his 'Creepin' Tour, with guest vocalist WOODES. Ticket info can be found HERE and the dates are below!

Fri 13 October / Oxford Art Factory / Sydney

Sat 14 October / Fat Controller / Adelaide

Thur 19 October / Uni Bar / Wollongong

Fri 20 October / Academy / Canberra

Sat 21 October / Jack Rabbit Slims / Perth

Sun 29 October / Beach Hotel / Byron Bay

Fri 3 November / Corner Hotel / Melbourne

Sat 4 November / This That Festival / Newcastle

Fri 10 November / Woolly Mammoth / Brisbane

Sat 11 November / Elsewhere / Gold Coast


Image by: Camilo Bustamante