Admiral Nelson Mandala is the new release from Mareotis. It’s unlike the previous album I heard from him entitled Soundscapes which to no surprise is comprised of soundscapes. Admiral Nelson Mandala is a different beast and for the most part seemed to fall in line with acts from Creation Records. There are similar aesthetic to bands like Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, etc. and you can hear that scattered across this album.
“City Breeze” is the opener and built off a rounded bass, a steady beat, an organ and a good amount of delayed guitar. It’s a great groove and the vocal melody is also catchy. The instrumental sections are extended in a sense and feel loose, slightly improvised and dynamic.
“Foggy Day Women #8 & 81” was a little more grounded in garage rock and feels a little bluesy. The chorus is great and the song has a good amount of punk attitude. “The Party” continues to embrace the scene and Oasis actually came to mind on this track that also has their place in this strain of music.
“Array” has a killer groove partially because of the percussive aspects. This seemed to align with The Stone Roses and Screamadelica from Primal Scream. “Time Is Gonna Forget You” has a bit of talking Lou Reed thing going on while “Lower” is a little more pretty in a uplifting Sigur Rós, early Primal Scream and Spiritualized type of way. There is some Jack White inspired guitar fills at points.
I liked “Silentriver” quite a lot but I could make the argument it felt a little out of place. There is a zany almost absurd Frank Zappa type quality to the song. “Wide-Eyed” starts off with some catchy vocals hooks and a groove that eventually gets turned upside down by a Kurt Cobain type of guitar solo which embraces chaos and dissonance.
It’s obvious the artist has done his homework and at the very least is a pretty incredible homage to what you might call a strain of related bands that were part of a community of shared similar tastes. Don’t pass this one up.
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