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Ghost Canyon

Title - In The Electric Universe
Artist - Mahogany Frog

For those unaware, Mahogany Frogs In The Electric Universe (due out July 16th, 2021) is the seventh studio album (third on MoonJune Records) by Canadian instrumental electro-psychedelic outfit based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Six years in the making, the recording illustrates a foray into forms of sonic searching previously unexamined by the group. Building from approaches in orchestration captured on their 2012 effort SENNA, the group aims to create infinitely morphing waves of sound that transcend conventional perceptions of instrumentation, while simultaneously offering melodic and rhythmic closure.

Utilizing the gradual unfolding of themes, extensive repetition, textural layering and crunchy, downbeat-heavy grooves, the tunes invoke a listening experience that is trance-like and hypnotic.

The extensive employment of synthesized arpeggiators, often detached from the rhythm and irresolute in tempo, generate warm and disorienting backdrops to otherwise approachable structures.

Tape loops and tape delay are used experimentally, highlighting decay and fragmentation. The compositions serve as foundations for melodic layering, tonal examination and deconstruction, resulting in a dynamic and colorful collection of music rich in expression, playfulness and resolve.

1. Theme From P.D. (14:13)
2. Psychic Police Force (06:57)
3. Floral Flotilla (Sail To Me My Love In Your ...) (05:37)
4. Cube 1 (05:18)
5. Octavio (08:20)
6. ((Sundog)) (17:41)

This quite stupendously addictive, and mesmerizingly free flowing new album opens on the transcendental qualities of the near 15 minute opus Theme From P.D. and backs that up with the supremely ambient rhythms of Psychic Police Force before bringing us a slew of unadulterated pressure points of the seventies via the psych rocker Floral Flotilla (Sail To Me My Love In Your ...).

Next up is the statically charged effervescence of Cube 1 with the album rounding out on the hypnotically layered textures of Octavio, closing on the gradually unfolding themes of down-beat grooves and trance-like warmness within ((Sundog)).

Mahogany Frog is an instrumental electronic rock band from Manitoba, Winnipeg. Their music draws influence from 60s psychedelia, 70s progressive / fusion, jazz, 50s exotica, electronica, and ambient / experimentalism.

Utilizing extensive analogue/digital keyboards, feedback-ridden guitars, fuzz-bass and electronics, the group creates dynamic, multi-layered songs that explore tone, mood and composition.

Mahogany Frogs unorthodox sounds and complex arrangements can challenge the ear, yet their haunting progressions and playful melodies are immediately approachable.

Onstage the band performs furiously and at massive volumes, often connecting multiple songs together with interludes consisting of textured ambience.

Over the past two decades Mahogany Frog has released seven records, written and performed numerous live scores, delivered high-profile performances at Pop Montreal, Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Winnipeg Jazz Festival, WSO New Music Festival, JUNOfest, Prog Day (Chapel Hill, NC), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, Germany) and SESC (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and shared the stage with notable artists such as The Flaming Lips, Caribou, Deerhoof, BADBADNOTGOOD, Venetian Snares, SUUNS, Besnard Lakes and Erics Trip.

Their 2012 release SENNA won Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 JUNO Awards.

GRAHAM EPP: Guitars, Keyboards & Electronics
JESSE WARKENTIN: Guitars, Keyboards & Electronics
SCOTT ELLENBERGER: Bass Guitar, Keyboards & Electronics
ANDY RUDOLPH: Drums, Keyboards & Electronics

Official Purchase Link

Floral Flotilla (Sail To Me My Love In Your...) (Official Music Video)

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