Mini Mansions Are The Great Pretenders

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.

Mini mansions - The complexity and streamlined beauty [...] is something to cherish...
Mini mansions – The complexity and streamlined beauty […] is something to cherish…
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 ©


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