ALBUM REVIEW: Dam Mantle “Grey” EP

Label: Halleluwah Hits
Release Date: 05.o4.2010

Glasgow-based Dam Mantle’s debut EP “Grey” is a challenging mix of the dramatic and the theatrical driven by a harsh electronic underbelly. Alongside artists like Autechre and Aphex Twin, the “Grey” EP could possibly be categorised as ‘intelligent electronica’ and is not an easy listen, but there are some really good things here.

With their slightly twisted West Side Story feel, the chaotic, shimmering strings of opener ‘A Statue That Is Perpetually Unveiled’ unveil an ambitious collection of songs.

Reminiscent of Boards Of Canada’s ‘sunnier’ moments, the awkward beats and chilled ambience of both ‘Rebong’ and ‘Yoghurt’ made me want to feel and care more about the songs on this EP and with its folk-reggae ending, the title track even had an unexpected and welcome touch of fun.

And yet though these songs are undoubtedly very well produced, even after repeated listens I felt that although they may have a heart, I couldn’t hear a soul. However, with upcoming remixes for Gold Panda, Au Revoir Simone, Gonjasufi and more in the pipeline, Dam Mantle has an exciting future and the “Grey” EP is an auspicious start.

Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Alex Borg

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