Mammoth Life’s self-titled album Mammoth Life is one of those records that you can fall in love after hearing it for the first time. The songs burst with an infectious joy that stems from people playing music and it is something that computers could in my opinion never replicate.
Kix Mead is the integral center of this project as her voice reminds me of a cross between the late Trish Keenan from Broadcast and Victoria Legrand from Beach House. Unlike either of those bands the music and the vibe is far more optimistic and progresses with an enthusiasm that may be akin to a band like Saint Etienne. These have near perfect pop aesthetics that are hard to deny even for the most cynical of music fans. The breezy, summer-song type melodies are ubiquitous throughout the album and are playable at almost any circumstance. Do you want to start the day with a bit more jib in your step and to increase the amount of serotonin in your body then just put on this record?
The album explodes with “Building Bridges” as a steady kick drum, crunchy guitars and piano lay a flowery canvas for Mead’s gorgeous vocal melodies. I can honestly say the music has no problem standing on its own but this is clearly Mead’s playground. While not quite as incredible as the first song, “Teen Dreamin” continues with a similar tone that catches your attention and doesn't let go until the end.
”To Suffer For Passion” contains intricate patterns with a white bed of distortion that create a new canvas for Mead to sing on. At this point in the record you start to realize how balanced yet different the music is from song to song. Each song contains a similar amount of energy and focuses on the same frequencies but each one musically brings something unique to the table. ”I’m Only Trying” is another highlight with three-plus minutes of progressive pop music that you will have on repeat while “Patterns” is a more subdued song without percussive elements. They end the EP with another gem “Being Young” which is a great song and is indicative of the way the whole album feels.
The emotions that this album brings are ones that are most identifiable with the zest a young person who just graduated from high school or college, just got married or started a new job has. It is the unyielding almost ignorant optimism that the future may contain with all of its possibilities. So even if you don't feel like that at the moment listening to Mammoth Life may reignite those feelings.
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