Thunderous, personal alt-rock
The culmination of two years of work, Take Me To The Disco marks Meg Myers’ second full-length album and her first with indie label 300 Entertainment. With powerful vocals, cutting lyrics and booming instrumentals, Myers makes music in the vein of icons like Jewel and Tori Amos. Take Me To The Disco is a deeply personal album that serves as Myers’ outlet for three years worth of heavy personal and professional growth. True to her new indie label, the album is the writing effort of her and producer Christian “Leggy” Landon and benefits from real strings provided by The Section Quartet.
The title track “Take Me To The Disco” opens with haunting piano keys and Myers’ vocals on full display. The sound is somewhat cavernous which runs through many of the tracks on the album. The raw lyrics of the verses are tempered by a howling single line chorus. Myers’ shows true vocal range on the album, showing herself capable of producing deep and strong notes but also capable of gentle sweetness similar to Ellie Goulding.
One of the album’s singles, and a standout track, is “Jealous Sea.” The song oozes swagger and Myers’ vocals evoke the manic rage of romantic jealousy. The driving beat and grandiose string features make this song a force to be reckoned with. Another standout and leading single is “Numb.” What began as a song for her feelings about her previous major record label soon led to an exploration of unresolved childhood trauma. She deals with the discomfort of having the expectation of others weighing her down and the overwhelming lack of personal agency that she experienced with her major label deal, which she relates back to the childhood feeling of always being told what to do.
Take Me To The Disco is a showcase of the beauty in darkness. Myers brings 12 unafraid tracks, each one a complex mix of strength and vulnerability. The album is generally haunting and atmospheric, making use of real instruments that lend a large sound to each song. Myers has earned herself a die-hard fanbase already, has recently finished a short run of sold-out shows and will soon embark on a larger (and surely successful) tour. Take Me To The Disco is a stellar sophomore effort and will delight alt-rock listeners that yearn for real, raw music.