Tuesday 23 April 2013

May McDonough & Company - Mannequin

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

On their recent freebie single 'Hell Is For Lovers', May McDonough & Company gave us a good old fashioned piece of blues/psych that wouldn't have sounded out of place being recorded by Janis Joplin. The slow, deep groove resonated well. New single 'Mannequin' doesn't stray vastly from that sound; it's still a heavy psych track at heart although somehow manages to sound more modern while still referencing the past. You could say it's a slight improvement as well, not that there was anything wrong with 'Hell Is For Lovers', but here there's added variety.

The chorus could be lifted from a pop song and reinterpreted by the blues-rock band that her Company are. Therefore we get that same groove, that same depth of sound, the same robust musicianship and solid-as-a-rock performance, however it's lightened by this sunny break. Adding this extra melody doesn't make for a scatterbrained song made of random bits and pieces, it all ties in very well. The vocals are rich, even on the poppier section, and this indicates a diversity to May McDonough & Company that we didn't know existed until now.

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