MUSHROOM'S PATIENCE: WATER
CD: Hau Ruck! HR!72 [2005]


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As ever, Mushroom’s Patience are a beacon for psychoactive and halcyon atmospheres evoked through tunes that are part neo-folk and part pop. However by never quite conforming to either sound, it creates an innate sensibility that crosses boundaries and evades attempts to categorise it. To work an analogy, this is not the neon glitz and excess of a high street nightclub, but is rather the distilled essence of a low lit and smokey lounge bar located off a cobbled side lane.

Built around guitars (electric and acoustic), bass, trumpet and unassuming keyboards/ percussion, the unhurried tracks carry a confident air, complimented with an equally understated production. Vocals are handled in a similarly catatonic sing/ spoken drawl, which don’t so much as sound odd, but fits the music like a velvet glove. Some tracks may veer off slightly off into bizarre experimentation for my personal tastes, but at least this is a constant with regard to the few albums I have heard from the group.

To a degree "Water" is approachable, however in truth is the type of album that will end up being mostly appreciated by individuals whom know the context of the record label and the loose scene that revolves around it. So, as with the aforementioned lounge bar analogy, some in the know knowledge will be required in order to locate it and to appreciate its decadent atmosphere.


RJS

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