MT WARNING is the work of Byron Bay multi-instrumentalist Mikey Bryant, and the new single ‘All The Things’ I Know’ is a brilliant string-driven pop ray of filtered sunshine. Deep slicing, prodding cellos form the undercurrent to the music – a slow burning entrée to the song with slightly off kilter instruments, while Bryant’s distant, laconic and wry delivery is enhanced by a louche backing chorus.
This is a refreshing and jaunty emission of light with an anthemic build up and deeply ingrained sense of fun as Bryant sings all the things I know, don’t mean a thing. The pace canters along with a high stepping trot and there is a charming insouciance about the delivery – teetering on the brink of collapse like a tipsy imbiber after a long night, and with just as much sense of uninhibited joy.
According to Bryant, the track was inspired at a kids festival by the sounds of a cellist who was patiently playing overtime, which persuaded Bryant to purchase the first cello he found in Marketplace, from a Spanish backpacker in a broken down car in Clunes, NSW. This adds an endearing quirkiness to the instrumentation.
The accompanying video is a light, bright effervescent performance piece in the middle of a tennis game in a delightfully shambolic tennis court, which somehow perfectly suits the slightly chaotic refrain of the song. Bryant’s amateurish ministrations on the cello add an hilarious burnish.