Meanr Mynr has been the name of Denver artist Reggie Sudduth II as long as he can remember, though the name only took on the musical context it has now in 2016. For a relatively new project, Meanr Mynr is carving out a space for his unique brand of groove-filled electronic tracks, and he invites you to find your own meaning in his tracks, which were created with the idea of sacrifice in mind.
It’s something we all go through. Having to give up one thing in order to achieve another. It can be small: right now you’re giving up time you could be doing something else to read these words. It could be huge: giving up a relationship in order to find personal growth. The music that Meanr Mynr creates draws from all aspects of sacrifice. The first track on the EP, “Sanctified”, has bursts of trumpets and a celebratory sense of melody: it asks us to embrace the future, even if it means sacrificing the past. “Saint James” uses stunning guitar lines to thank those who have made sacrifices for us: it’s a successfully creative ode if I’ve ever heard one.
“The Sacrifice” and “From the Ashes” focus more on the fight — the drive and need to continue on. “The Sacrifice” is an album highlight and is skillfully cinematic. Twisting and turning to create a sense of restlessness, we can feel the pressure of life, but it becomes something catchy and pleasant. Sometimes momentous, but sometimes as small as a bit-tune. The busy and electronic “From the Ashes” pushes us to hold onto what we love.
A common strength of the tracks on The Sacrifice is the way they settle into well-timed endings, and this becomes clear on a larger scale with the final track, “Party to Damascus”, when the mood returns to celebration (or at least an escape) and we are invited to think of the payoff at the end of the sacrifice. In almost a full-circle move, Meanr Mynr brings us back to the top of the EP.