The July Four - Mr. Miff [1967]

The B-side to a one-off single from a slightly-psych pop vocal group, "Mr. Miff" is essentially just the instrumental backing to the A-side, "Frightened Little Girl", with an echoing guitar lead replacing the vocals and brass, but, wow, does it make a difference. The melody's initial darkness seems to take emotional stock of the weight of the world before progressing into an airy refrain, that allows the listener to let go, open the window, and invite in a little fresh perspective. Wish I had a little more info on the group to share, but I guess that's often the nature of hidden gems ...

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