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MNDSGN – Breatharian

Breatharianism, the subject of this album, is a philosophy practiced as a lifestyle claiming that food and possibly water are not necessary, and that humans can survive solely on “prana,” the Sanskrit word for “life force,” which can be harnessed from the sun. The experimental, electronic, and soulful music comes with an all-encompassing groove. It has an air to it, you know, the kind of music that changes the atmospheric pressure around your ears causing the sounds to wrap around the rhythm so tightly. The bass lines stand out in the first half of the album, which are defined to the point that it makes it hard to believe that it is one producer making everything. I think I know what breatharianism is all about based on this album. Breatharianism is a strange subject, but it makes sense within the context of the album’s music. After downloading Breatharian, I found myself listening to it for breakfast and dinner. Many of us consume music like we consume food, routinely and with much anticipation. We harness it for energy in various situations. With this in mind, I have added Breatharian to my weekly nutritional intake, it’s cleansing and fulfilling.

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This is what Breatharian looks like through the reverb

Graphic Artist: Oswaldo Diaz
Graphic Artist: Oswaldo Diaz

The 14 track-album starts with “inhale” which sets the sonic mood of the album. The steady drums accompanied by a simple and catchy bass line ride along as an array of strings sweep through with the keyboard, all of this gives way to a sampled interview explaining breatharianism. This song is followed by “greendowns wit 0.,” where the bass pulsates throughout the song for about two minutes; it’s the kind of song you can listen to from multiple directions. MNDSGN (Ringo Ancaeta) also samples some contemporary artists like Toro Y Moi’s “How I Know,” which is featured on the song “just air,” slowed down and at a lower pitch he manages to add the hip hop flair to it. MNDSGN will be playing around southern California this upcoming month, catch a set if you feel like adding some interesting performances to your diet.

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Fever The Ghost at Los Angeles’ The Echo 7/15

In terms of influences, the band sounded like David Bowie and The Doors played musical chairs to Tame Impala in Jack White’s backyard, who lives in Alex’s World. Sonically, the performance was impulsive; I couldn’t get a grip on it, I couldn’t hold a thought for more than a minute. The show wasn’t one piece; it was a series of frames that cut through the story with much ease. Ok, enough with the analogies. The truth is I found comfort in Fever The Ghost’s sonic un-structure. I didn’t know where it was going, but it was so appealing that I tucked away my preconceived notions of music and let them lead the way, I knew I would enjoy it nonetheless.

This is what the concert looked like through the reverb

Graphic Artist - Oswaldo Diaz
Graphic Artist – Oswaldo Diaz

Even though the psychedelic rock quartet is fairly new, they performed with maturity, showing much experience on stage and letting the music provide presence for them. Surrounded by pedals and synthesizers, Bobby Victor, followed the guitar riffs while he playfully pranced around the arpeggios. At times, he focused on the pedals to add more space when the music got heavy, and other times he provided dreamy high-pitched vocals that simmered everything down. Casper’s echo driven vocals were shrill and short, and although I couldn’t understand much of what he was saying, its innocence gave the overall crunch a nice balance. The most memorable aspects of the show happened when they jammed. The instruments would slowly get louder and less clear, eventually reaching a sonic climax at which point the guitarist would duck down to stir the pedals, leaving the drummer in sight, drenched in sweat, battling with the snare as the walls of sound tugged against the audience’s body. In the midst of all the noise the music would suddenly stop, letting the bass valiantly provide a catchy groove as the music took a turn. It’s an experience. Go see them.

Fever The Ghost, which is composed of Casper Andrizzo, Bobby Victor, Nicolas Overhauser and Mason Rothschild, will release their debut EP this September. Seriously though, put more than two songs on your Facebook page, America needs more space exploration.

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Concert Review: Dark Furs at Los Angeles’ The Satellite (7/6)

I walked in to a room with about twenty people when I heard a female voice in a British accent softly say, “we are Dark Furs” followed by the overdrive and aggressive guitar as they opened with the song, “Concrete Corners.” The performance left me in a dream-like state, not necessarily pensive, but excited. It was colorful, embodying every spectrum from dark to bright, which is the way I would describe Suzanne May’s voice as it covers a wide range in a swift, unpredictable, almost untamable way. Smoothly transitioning from forceful tunes, to the more jumpy songs that made the crowd walk towards the stage; suddenly there were a couple of dancers among all the “indie standers.”

This is what the concert looked like through the reverb

Graphic Artist - Oswaldo Diaz
Graphic Artist – Oswaldo Diaz

The performance started with some edge; rightly so it caught the attention of all the onlookers, and as the audience awkwardly approached the stage, Dark Furs quickly set the tone and took the shame away with much assertiveness. Each song offered more character and I sensed that the crowd got increasingly more engaged. The show got progressively dreamier as guitarist Chad Philipps, standing to the right, looking down, ominously pierced through chords with more delay. The show hit its culmination with the ballad tune “French Love,” it gave the concert its place in time as the guitar inhaled upwards and her voice exhaled through the venue. The synthesizer and drums rained over the melody making every right leg in the venue pulse against the floor.

Besides the minor technical mishaps that happen during small shows, the performance was captivating. The band really seems to focus on the music as a whole and no one instrument or musician stands out; they do a great job at removing the human element out of their performance. I highly suggest you to attend one of their shows and listen to their music, although there were four performers, Dark Furs sounded bigger than they looked.

Dark Furs at The Satellite (7/6)
Dark Furs at The Satellite (7/6)

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