|Format: CD / Cat No: GVR003 / Released: 17/06/2011
Track Listing: 1 Transitions (3:48) / 2 We Are You (3:23) / 3 In Love (3:13) / 4 Black Bag (3:42) / 5 Dry In The Quarter (3:47) / 6 Temptress (4:02) / 7 The Old Is New (5:12) / 8 Diabolique (4:31) / 9 Wide Open (4:49) / 10 Given Away (3:30) / 11 Sang For Min Fru (3:48) / 12 Providence (5:19) / 13 Rain (2:20)
More information: Brilliantly played cinematic popmusic, imagine Elbow playing a soundtrack to a David Lynch movie.
After the adventurous 2006 freshman release of 'A Favor to the Muse' and 2009ís lush opus 'A Miraculous Container', MANDRAKE PROJECT has returned with its latest and most accessible release yet. The title couldnít be more fitting. Almost immediately after the release of 'A Miraculous Container', the band continued studio work sporadically until the spring of 2010. Mandrake was initially slated to release a 6-song EP, but that idea expanded into finishing a new full-length record using individual song ideas from each member, much in the spirit of 'Ummagumma'. The result is a multi-dimensional experience drawing from all sides of the bandís catalogue utilizing influences as diverse as David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Elbow, 10cc, Sigur Ros and The Arcade Fire.
Mandrake Projectís long-standing tradition of ornately composed cinematic anthems continues on 'Transitions', but the increasing and omnipresent vocal inclusion of John Schisler has created an opportunity for Mandrakeís instrumental prowess to cross into conventional pop/indie culture. For the first time in the bandís 9 year tenure, the human voice has moved to the forefront. Such a 'transition' has proven to be a challenging endeavour, but one that exposes Mandrake Projectís sound to a wider audience without sacrificing the integrity of thoughtful composition.
A number of songs still remain unfinished from the Transitions sessions. They, along with a host of new material will continue to be completed throughout 2011.