MP3 Sh'mantra - Sub_floating
A stunning album of improvised music drawing on dark ambience, free-form psychedlia, electronica, noise-art. too many insanity peppers
3 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Noise, ROCK: Instrumental Rock
Music style: post-rock, psychedelic, avant guarde
Instruments: elec guitar, keyboard, voice, bass, drums
For the uninitiated Sh''Mantra play a unique style of experimental rock that taps the mother-lode of dark ambience, cacophonous noise-art, space rock and free form psychedelia.
As a point of reference Sh''Mantra have been compared to Radiohead, Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream and Neu, but even then you get the feeling that these comparisons don''t do full justice to the wide scope of sounds that Sh''Mantra are more than capable of producing.
Formed in September 1995 under the name Cornucopia, the band released a 10-track demo 70 minutes long. Such was the popularity of this hard to describe sounding music that the tape is no longer available and is highly sort after. The band then underwent a transformation changing their name to Sh''Mantra and releasing their debut CD Cornucopia on the New Zealand based Cranium Music label.
May 2001 saw the release of the bands second album Formula Orange. a disc of startlingly unique and original music. Formula Orange is a double cd of long instrumental pieces building from minimalist ideas and worked into intricate soundscapes, underpinned by sparse vocal arrangements and the occasional moment where it would be tempting to call it rock if only to end the uneasy feeling that this music invites.
Sub_floating EP released 2002
Sh''Mantra plays modern music with a disturbed feel.
"......I''m sorry to get so carried away (I''m not really!) but I just can''t stop playing this CD and must get my hands on ''Formula Orange'' and anything else by Sh-man-tra very soon" Phillip Jackson (zeitgeist, collosus)
"To my ears, the improvising is top-notch. The themes that I hear coming out of the jams are high-quality and memorable........ . Overall, this is one of the top releases I''ve heard this year." Steve Hegede