I can’t help but think of this track as a modern day, vibey take on classic slow dance lounge music. “Missing Reward,” the first track released by Baltimore’s Mt. Royal, notably starts off with a drumroll-esque intro that completely smashes into a dreamy, blues-tinged tune.
The instrumentation/diversity of sound in this song stikes me as particularly intriguing. Mt. Royal creates an orchestral, synthy background and combines it with brassy guitar accents, heavy bass tones and a funky beat…add the intermittent piano parts and probably countless other instruments I am missing, and you get the point. Then you have Katrina Ford’s vocals; they lie somewhere between Victora Legrand from Beach House and Dusty Springfield. And that, right there, is certifiably bad ass.