Mesita’s "Living/Breathing"By John Wenzel | February 12th, 2010 | 3 comments
Digital technology allows hordes of home recorders to sound musically proficient these days — even when they’re not — but the real treat is when it enhances an already kickass performer. Such is the case with Mesita, a.k.a. the one-man-band of James Cooley, a self-described “21-year-old self-taught multi-instrumentalist and coffee enthusiast from Littleton, Colorado.” And as you can see from the video above, dude doesn’t need any Pro Tools tweaking to sound awesome.
Then again, some of us here at Reverb (ahem, me) are suckers for driving, chiming, melodic indie rock cut with post-rock jazziness (think The Sea and Cake fronted by Young Coyotes’ Zach Tipton) and lots of well-placed squall. Regardless, we’re glad Mesita e-mailed us asking us to listen to his stuff. It’s not every day we hear something this accomplished and fully-formed — particularly from someone who’s barely old enough to drink.
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John Wenzel is the co-editor of Reverb, editor of the Get Real Denver blog and an A&E reporter for The Denver Post. His book “Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny” was recently published by Speck Press. He also maintains a Twitter feed of random song titles.