Burning The Winner
10 Song CD
The Transmissions have a quirky and melancholy sound which reminds
me a little of The Cure, steeped in the feel of 80s underground
rock that keeps one foot firmly planted in depression.
The band goes for a larger than life sound, their songs presented
with vocal dramatic flair and a wall of creeping guitars that seem
to grow larger as the album progresses. Standard pop structures
are mostly abandoned, as the songs meander and drift along almost
aimlessly. The risk pays off, as the disc brings along the listener
along for a wonderful ride.
MISH MASH Mandate: Wandering Spirit
The Transmissions Website
The Breathing Of The World:
Songs Formed From The Words Of Sacred Poetry
13 song CD
This release from Rob Silvan takes a unique turn, putting together
Sacred Poetry with music. An undertaking such as this is larger
than life, and the result is simply profound. Words and melody intertwine
in an introspective fashion, putting a twist on beautiful lines
of poetry, set now in a new spiritual and musical light.
The poems come from a variety of authors and sources, including
T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Yeats, and the Bible, among others.
The music ranges from quiet classical to smooth jazz, giving the
words/lyrics an unobtrusive platform to shine upon.
MISH MASH Mandate: Spirit In The Sky
Rob Silvan Music Website
Tell Me Everything
11 song CD
Amy Drake and Chris Y are the duo that make up Drakes Hotel,
and they make a noise that's bigger than the sum of their two
parts. Their blend of pop is powerful and driving, relying upon
layers and layers of voices and sound to build a style which is
larger than life.
Drake's vocals are right in the middle of the thick musical mix,
striking and daring, while at the same time endearing. It's a
voice caught somewhere between the rasp of Stevie Nicks and the
mystery of Hope Sandoval, and it holds your attention completely.
Meanwhile, Chris Y constructs his fortress of guitars and beats,
making this album an unstoppable force.
MISH MASH Mandate: Flying Fortress
Reverb Records Website
The Great Plains
Well Dressed Records
9 song CD
TRACK = PLACE
Krestovsky's music shifts and simmers like a humid summer
day, radiating lazily off the hot pavement in a heated mist. It's
a distinctly Southern sound that feels even more primitive with
the somewhat lo-fi production approach, and his voice holds the
nasal whine of Michael Stipe and Neil Young.
The album drifts along without ever actually going anywhere in
particular, taking a circular journey that seems to be content with
wandering in the wilderness. While we never quite reach the Promised
Land, at least we're having a heck of a trip.
MISH MASH Mandate: Southern
Days Of Twang
18 song CD
German band Dephazz approach their acid jazz in a decidedly European
fashion, merging together their laid-back dance grooves with a collage
of cut-n-paste sound effects and samples. It's a classy and sophisticated
sound that still likes to have fun in the end.
The "twang" is a nod to the classic sounds of early
rock-n-roll guitar, occasionally popping up from time to time amongst
the innumerable musical styles and influences which permeate the
album. Fun and flavorful with the right touch of class, this one
is sure to stay in your player all summer long.
MISH MASH Mandate: Acid Trip
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