From Toronto, Rum Fit Mosey is a collective headed by Trevor James that specialises in the art of songwriting. You may be wondering about the name Rum Fit Mosey because it definitely sounds like there’s a story behind it. Well, according to RFM’s website the term Rum Fits was used by sailors to describe alcohol withdrawal, and the Rum Fit Mosey was the way they danced and sung their way out of it. Just from this you can tell there’s going to be a lot of character in the music produced by this artist. The EP itself is a recent release, but interestingly enough RFM have said in their description of the project that the “collection of songs will remain unfinished well after its release.” An interesting choice as the listener then has to keep going back to it to hear the new additions, which is a great way to continue interactions with a fan base.
The EP started with a combination of low piano bass notes and a middle range guitar accompaniment. I wasn’t sure whether a few notes in the track In Four Words were shaky or whether this was just the natural sound of James’ vibrato in a softer tone. However, when the music became stronger, so did his intonation. The addition of vocal harmonies in the third chorus was a great one and felt like a natural progression for the tune. My Gears Broke had a quirky slow vibrato effect on the synth notes and the melody played on third and seventh notes. I found the music and lyrics quite juxtaposing. The music was in a major key and used fairly common rhythms associated with happiness, but the lyrics were actually quite deeply sensitive.
Little Windows was another slow track with a good build and some excellent lyrics. I didn’t really expect James to be able to hit such low notes, but he did. I quite enjoyed the tone of his voice at this register and would like to hear him work on it so that he can include it in his music more. Salvation Mountain began with the familiar crackling sound of a record player, an old-school feeling which was continued through the dampening effect put on his vocals in the first verse. I also thought his lower register was much more stable in this track which made me love it even more. I enjoyed the instrumentation of the last song Quittin Cigs (Funeral Song). It was the first song (and obviously last) on the EP to use electric guitar, for me it was the stand out track and I would have liked to see it at the top of the song list.
This EP was a pleasure to listen to, with my only qualm being about technical vocal issues. I’d definitely like to hear more from RFM, maybe some more upbeat songs next time with a bit of James’ lower register sprinkled in. I give the EP 8/10.