Release Date: Jan 11, 2011
Record label: Old Flame Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
On last year's Be So True EP, Florida's Mike Diaz, aka MillionYoung, showed some promise with intricate, bloopy arrangements swaddling his vocals. His debut LP, Replicants, features a widened stylistic breadth and higher recording fidelity. These improvements should be bellwethers of hope for a genre (chillwave) that may seem to have run its course.
Reverb. That's really what it takes to sum up the sound of Millionyoung in a word — well, reverb, some synth goodness, jangly guitars, and a whole mess of diverse elements may be a more accurate description, but that’s hardly a single word, so it doesn’t much count. That's all on display with Replicants, the first full-length Millionyoung release, which follows a couple EPs; expectations, as a result, have been strong.
Mike Diaz must've been an impatient child. I can almost see the young south Floridian kicking and stomping around, looking for the next thing to break or conquer, remaining innocently petulant. He was probably ambitious, too, focused on advancing to the next plateau while his peers contended with elementary things. And while I don't know Diaz -- known artistically as MillionYoung -- I'm guessing he's still the same way if his full-length debut, Replicants, is any indication.