We have been listening to new Mini Mansions album ‘The Great Pretenders’ [RELEASE DATE MARCH 24].
This Spring the trio will be touring the US with Royal Blood.
First track — Freakout! — is a juddering squeeze-tube of stuffy sounds and suffocating closeness.
The vocal sneers and jeers like an experienced commuter viewing a hapless beginner as he misses the chance of squeezing through the closing tube doors.
Then the song opens-up beautifully — like a gem-filled cavern revealing its splendour for the first-ever time to new eyes.
You can almost feel the quality of the nutrients on ‘Death Is A Girl’ –
The bass chirrups as it pops-along whilst the chromium voice shines with more polish than a hubcap on a passing Buick.
The complexity and streamlined beauty of this song is something to cherish. The growing passion of the keys adds a lyrical dimension to this exquisitely beautiful pop number.
Any band who can enlist Brian Wilson to work on their project must be well-worth a listen. (They have also lured in Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and bass/keyboards man Michael Shuman from Queens of the Stone Age.)
The gently swaying track ‘Any Emotions’ features the Beach Boys legend.
Unsurprisingly, this song sways like a hula-skirt in the gentle ocean breeze. It softly announces it’s intentions like drooping palm fronds on the approach of a light dashing of summer rain.
Inspirational, highly desirable and uniquely vivid compositions — from one of the best bands in the world. Believe it!
Words: @neilmach 2015 ©