Dal 6 aprile per Rocket Recordings
Dal 6 aprile per Rocket Recording l’omonimo debutto dei MIEN,
nuova band composta da Alex Maas dei The Black Angels, Tom Furse dei The Horrors,
Rishi Dhir degli Elephant Stone e John-Mark Lapham dei The Earlies.
Guarda il video di ‘Black Habit’ dei Mien – http://www.youtube.com/watch?
The seeds were sown for this collaboration as long ago as 2004, when Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone) found himself in a chance encounter with Black Angels frontman Alex Maas whilst performing sitar with his former band on a bill at SXSW in Austin with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Not long afterwards, he would also stumble across electronics guru and producer John Mark Lapham from Anglo-American band The Earlies, via a shared love for one song – the ‘classic sitar banger’ by The Association, ‘Wantin’ Ain’t Gettin’.
Some years later, another piece of the puzzle came into place, when Dhir was now playing bass with The Black Angels in 2012, and found the band sharing several bills with The Horrors. Thus he made the acquaintance of Tom Furse, and yet another pact was made to work together.
Several traversals of the globe by both plane and audio-file later, the result is an album that sees this quartet transcending their origins whilst maintaining a cohesive unity borne of a desire for outward exploration. John Mark’s vision, as he puts it, was “imagine the Black Angels as Nico in her 80’s industrial phase mixed with George Harrison and Conny Plank.” – true to form, it’s an album that finds equal room for radiant groove-based propulsion and ambient dreamscapes alike – as comfortable with murky hallucinogenic voyages, yet with songwriting acumen as potent as the production values are expansive and exploratory.
MIEN – ‘Mien’
dal 6 aprile per Rocket Recordings
1. Earth Moon / 2. Black Habit / 3. (I’m Tired of) Western Shouting
4. You Dreamt / 5. Other / 6. Hocus Pocus
7. Ropes 7 8. Echolalia / 9. Odessey / 10. Earth Moon (Reprise)