Cameron Mizell. Go and pick up an American metalcore record that you bought last year, and that name is likely to feature somewhere on the back of it. The Floridian is known for his recording/producing/technical wizardry at Chango Studios, having worked with the likes of Sleeping With Sirens, The Word Alive and Capture The Crown in the last twelve months alone, yet now he has reminded the world of his song writing ability once again. Time Traveller, his new (one-man-)band, has released the debut EP, Morla and the Red Balloon, and it has the potential to sit amongst Rise Records’ most prestigious offerings to date.
With help from some acquainted vocalists, Mizell has written, played, recorded and mixed the whole EP, which is an achievement in its own right. Fan-girl favourite Kellin Quinn lends a hand on the opening track ‘500ml’, Matty Mullins shares his brutal chords on ‘Rokit Man’, and Tyler Carter adds some RnB spice to ‘Super Alcalina’, emphasising the relevant feel of the EP.
Their vocals add familiarity, but the best part is that they are delivered as a nice touch, and not as an essential. Mizell comfortably provides the rest of the words, and the independently executed ‘CMizell928’ is perhaps the highlight of the EP.
Admittedly, the EP does have a tendency to sound like his clients at times, but this is exactly the field in which he can prosper. Mizell is in his element when sat behind the mixing desk, but the release of ‘Morla and the Red Balloon’ is testament to his knowledge and experience in music. Let us hope that Time Traveller is given the future attention it deserves.
Reviewer: Matt Borucki