Mika is one of those artists who always – well, okay, usually – brings a smile to my face. I’m glad to see him back with “Tiny Love”.
Putting The Giant In Tiny
Blog by Nora Tol
Mika Came Big
I think it’s a shame that the success Mika had at the beginning, with “Relax, Take It Easy”, “Grace Kelly”, “Love Today” and other big hits, didn’t continue the way I thought it would. At that time, I thought he was going to be big, no huge!
Nevertheless, Mika released so many great gems since then and I’m loving the new music.
Recently, he released a new single “Tiny Love”, which follows up “Ice Cream”. Both are from the upcoming album, “My Name Is Michael Holbrook”.
Always A Comparison To Queen
In a far distance, I thought “Ice Cream” had some Prince influences, especially in the chorus, but “Tiny Love” sounds like a modern day version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. This is mainly due to the piano and the dramatic changes that lean towards classical music.
Of course, that’s not the first time his music gets compared to Queen. Due to his vocal range, and in particular his use of falsetto, as well as the added dramatics and theatrics, it’s easy to make that comparison.
A Flair Of Elton John
However, with ‘Tiny Love” other names also come to mind. With it’s 70s retro sound, I think it sounds a bit like Elton John. And yes, his vocals remind me of The Darkness and Scissor Sisters. But most of all, it’s just recognizably Mika.
Mika always makes me happy. No matter how much he grows in life and music, he represents a youthful, colorful, enthusiastic attitude for life and love.
Personally, from what I take away from his lyrics, I think he’s got a healthy dose of common sense and humor to boot, which is musically wrapped in a blend of theatrics meets classic pop.
His videos and artworks put the artsy in his music. “Ice Cream” had a notable nod to Kylie Minogue’s “Slow” video, which, btw, is approved by the Kylie fan in me.
However, I really love the video for “Tiny Love”. It cleverly plays with perspectives to make Mika look smaller. You know I love videos with strong visuals that support the song. This one does just that.
Meeting Michael Holbrook
Mika has done all sorts of things in his music career. He’s done an album with an orchestra, he’s sang in French (he lived in Paris on-off at various stages in his life) and tried various genres. I can’t wait what the new album brings and wonder whether it’ll bring even more personal stories than he’s already shared. It’ll be out in October.
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