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I was so enamoured by the 12 string guitar jangles on that recent Temples single that I fired up my computer in order to email my dad and tell him all about it. It’s one of the things me and my father have in common, we both appreciate a good jangly guitar. We have certainly been starved of them in recent years. There seems to have been a lack of bands worshipping at the altar of The Byrds and early R.E.M of late, though the aforementioned Temples and the magnificent Triptides seem to be blazing a trail.
The opening tune on this new Mantles album has that wonderful sting: a classic beat pop number somewhere between The Searchers and The Rain Parade. It’s been said a few times (most obviously in the press release for this album) but this band really do capture the 80s pop scenes of both The Paisley Underground and the New Zealand/Flying Nun axis. It’s a sound I grew up on and one which the band does a good job of replicating/updating.
The basic sound is based upon your achetypal 60s beat combo, a mid-fi recording with lashings of fizzy drums, melodic bass runs and indistinct vocals. Tracks like ‘Reason’s Run’ recall The Clean, particularly in their slightly later ‘Vehicle’ era pomp. ‘Raspberry Thighs’ is just utterly gorgeous and is not far away from the Real Estate hazy late evening surburban strumming. A lovely summery record. Fashions can come and go but I’ll never get tired of records such as this as they hit just there (I’m pointing to somewhere near my heart).
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