According to chief Mamuthone Mr Alessio Gastaldello, new album Fear On The Corner’s title bears the roots of its sound: Talking Heads’ Fear Of Music and Miles Davis’ On The Corner. Two very good jumping-off points eh? Indeed, the grooves are rich and rigorous on this one, underpinning the disco / krautrock fun-pulse that have made Mamuthones so well-regarded. Out from Rocket.
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Slice and splice the Talking Heads’ avant-dance classic ‘Fear of Music’ with ‘On the Corner’ -- one of Miles Davis’ most daring fusion records, invoking the experiments of electronic composer Karlheinz Stockhausen -- and you apparently have ‘Fear on the Corner’, the newest record to be released by psychies Mamuthones on that Rocket label. I’m not one hundred percent sold on the idea, but maybe it’s because it’d be very hard to squash those two records -- already exhaustive in their own influences -- into one whole. Why not, though? Why not try?
What Mamuthones do remind this walking, talking cliche of is Can. In spirit, their plan to capture chaos and control it is as Can as can-be, taking their rhythmically repetitive and oscillating trip and kissing it off with gleeful vocal scowls that recall your favourite Eges and Tagos. The melodies on this record have that old-school psychedelic flavour, existing more as trinkets than as fully-fleshed things -- the bass line bounces them about the place, or else they’re pronounced between fills. Playing with guitar shred, melodic minutiae and the occasional ambient texture that would’ve popped up in the early-days of kosmische, Mamuthones fill their jams with an endlessly appealing ecosystem of sound -- “Show Me” is so many things it would be hard to know where to look for just David or Miles.
Amidst the endless experiments and psychedelic knick-knacks, Mamuthones pull off a modern dance rock record worthy of its fair share of indie disco plaudits. With ridiculously silly synthlines infiltrating the snakelike bassline of “Simone Choule”, they create LCD Soundsystem cuts for the gutter. 'Fear on the Corner' go deep and strange into their two favourite records, but Mamuthones are never anything less than a great, stoned party band.
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