Boomkat Product Review:
I must say I didn't know what to expect when I popped this little beauty into the drive - I had heard jack all about the band, and thanks to a rather cryptic sleeve I wasn't really sure whether this was a compilation record or what. On reading some online information I became more than intruiged however, Robin Guthrie on production duties? A remix featuring the hallowed vocal talents of the daughter of Guthrie and Cocteaus vocalist Liz Fraser? Well this album appeared to be more than interesting for a haggard old shoegazer like myself, and luckily it doesn't disappoint. There seems to be a musical trend at the moment (a totally understandable one mind you) of guitar bands pushing dance beats into their music, now this is obviously fall-out from the decline of mainstream dance music, but still the blend of 4/4 dance beats and dream-pop doesn't exactly sound tasteful does it? Thankfully Mahogany pull it off marvellously and the 8-piece (they're a collective don'tcha know) from New Yoik show that it's possible to blend Stereolab, New Order and the Cocteau Twins and pop out the other side with your credibility intact and a big smile on your face. Indeed I'm quite taken by the songs on here - the vocal parts are intoxicating and the production is absolutely top notch throughout, it's almost the perfect summer album... the only thing it's missing I think is that very British sense of doom and gloom. There's something about the whole shoegazer sound which managed to inject grey skies into the sunniest of songs, and Mahogany manage to sidestep this somehow - I'm not certain yet whether this is a good or a bad thing, but I can promise you that if you play 'Connectivity!' on a summer's day, it's gonna be a good one. Included in the very reasonable asking price is also a bonus cd of remixes from none other than Robin Guthrie, extended mixes of tracks on the album and also a bunch of videos - that sounds like a bargain to me. Big recommendation.