June 29, 2013

Mechanimal - Mechanimal (2012)

I've been meaning to do a separate post on Mechanimal's music ever since I saw them share a stage with Umberto in Larissa, one cold March evening. The other day, somebody shot off an email in our inbox letting us know that Mechanimal's self-titled album will be getting a worldwide re-release via Inner Ear Records. Perfect! All the more reason to talk a bit about them.

So what is Mechanimal? I can't really answer that, I'm afraid. All I can say is that it's a strange sonic animal, composed of sustained meditative drones, vintage synth work, unsettling distortion, drum machine clattering and drugged out poetry being spoken on top of everything. It's a weird mix, for sure, but it makes for some unique sounds. The 10 tracks guide you through a large variety of emotions and ambiances, ranging from pulsating dance songs all the way to psychedelic, depressive urban soundscapes that evoke the feeling of being lost in a busy metropolis at night, not knowing who you are or where you're going. The vocals laid out by Freddie F. are truly what set this record apart - his lyrics are dark, moody and mysterious and his paranoid voice lends an air of dream-like theatricality to the music. It's all rather disturbing and surreal, which is precisely why it is so interesting to listen to.

It's going to be pretty hard to catch these guys live unless you happen to live in Greece but nevertheless, if you have the chance to see them, don't hesitate to do so. Make sure to get drunk and hazy so you can properly enjoy these late-night tunes. If not, that's okay. Just follow the Bandcamp link below, close your shades, get a glass of wine and prepare to get weird and brooding. 


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