Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Recording: Manticore

Artist: Manticore

Song: Abundant Habitat

Recorded at Ratio, May 29, 2015.

Manticore - Abundant Habitat

What started off as a casual aside ("You could slot Mirrors between Manticore and Moonwood") ended up being the impetus for this gig, gathering all three bands together for a night of drone-influenced pop (pop-influenced drones?) at Ratio.

The most song-oriented of the night's sets, David Jones and Zoë Alexis-Abrams showed off a quartet of compositions carefully crafted from the former's layered guitar and the latter's vocals. Alexis-Abrams didn't need any effects to showcase her wonderfully malleable voice, with her sounds ranging from free-flowing xenoglossy to Yoko Ono-ish crooning to something that sounded like a ballad from an elfish broadway show.

[After some recent time concentarting on completing their first album, Manticore are returning to the stage with a bit more frequency. You can catch them Sunday at Double Double Land, alongside Italy's Jooklo Duo and Colin Fisher/Carl Didur's Fake Humans.]

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