Austria’s Max Min has quite the knack for making catchy guitar pop out of some pretty heady, less-than-joyful topics. His latest single, the pluck-and-swoon “When We’re Gone,” developed out of an idea Min got from Alan Weisman’s book “The World Without Us.” Weisman’s book examines the concept of how the world would respond if humans suddenly vanished. Min delves into the idea with irresistible flair, sticking to a simple chord structure and lending his understated vocals to paint the musical Cliff’s Notes version of Weisman’s extensive exploration.
“When We’re Gone” bounces along softly, implementing strings and some light percussion in the right places. It’s a wonderful example of how a song can have layers but not feel crowded, can have structure but still feel nice and breezy. Min penned “When We’re Gone” while spending a portion of his summer in a sunny Brooklyn apartment.
The second song we’ll offer here, “Anonymous,” has a wonderful fuzzy punch to it, and waxes philosophical about the scary potential of mob rule: a world where various factions, led by shadowy figures, attempt to win the hearts of the people, by force or by fancy. Again, its musical mood betrays the subject matter. But that doesn’t bother me, because both of these songs showcase Min’s enormous potential. And both are worth numerous listens.