Annie Mok is pithy yet profound on the Knight Dreams EP
Her most recent recorded output, released late last month, is easily the best showing of Annie Mok the musician. Recorded earlier this year with only ukulele, voice, and a light assortment of beats, the Annie Mok & the Knight Dreams EP is minimal yet immersive, pithy yet profound.
The bright melodies and swift tempos give the set a playful surface, but lyrically Annie Mok explores lyrics about loneliness and death on “Great Expectations” — its lyrics crafting allusions to Dickens’ ill-fated Miss Havisham and her death by fire — while “Sappho Fragment” is a look at relationship dependency that manages to simultaneously reference Greek poetry and The Stooges, possibly for the first time ever in pop music.
Though the similarity of tone and structure from song to song can give the EP a repetitive feeling depending on your listening state of mind, it also crafts a sense of unity across these six short songs, making it almost like a suite of indiepop in the spirit of Beat Happening, Magnetic Fields, and Mirah.
Listen below; while Annie Mok doesn’t have any upcoming Philly gigs at present, you can keep tabs on her creative activities over at Facebook.