Spellbinding stuff! I want this album all to myself. Its tireless magnificence is mine, mine I tells ya!! Oh, all right, fill your boots. Disappointment: Impossible.
Favorite track: Saffron Myst.
Attack On Keyboard Mountain. The hypercompositionalism of '72 prog with manic punk energy. If Fetal Pig did Yes covers we still wouldn't pull it off anywhere near this well
Favorite track: Expo '67.
Recorded and mixed by John Paul Peters May to September 2011 at Private Ear Recording, Winnipeg, MB. Additional tracking by Andy Rudolph at Video Pool Art Centre and Uncle Stan’s, Winnipeg, MB. Produced by Mahogany Frog. Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Mastering, Seattle, WA. All songs written and performed by Mahogany Frog except beluga whales on “Aqua Love” recorded in Churchill, MB by WHALE (Ryan Klatt and Laura Magnusson), harpsichord on “Aqua Love” performed by Eric Lussier (including excerpt from Sarabande in A Major by Jean Philippe Rameau). Mahogany Frog is Graham Epp, Jesse Warkentin, Scott Ellenberger and Andy Rudolph.
"SENNA by Mahogany Frog" is the group's sixth full-length release. Lush with soaring synth-scapes, waves of blistering guitar feedback and sound-art segments consisting of field recordings, tape collage and analogue electronically-generated sounds, it is easily their heaviest and most challenging record to date. Often the music is hot and gritty, capturing the power of the band's live performance: the rhythm section throttles forward fiercely, laying a foundation for rapidly shifting melodic themes and sounds. At times the material is exploratory and dramatic, displaying layers of MIDI-controlled sequencers, razor-crisp glitch-beats, moody tonal washes and infectious grooves. The orchestration on "SENNA" is largely mysterious, with highly overdriven, reverb-drenched synths, guitars and electronics trading roles and smoothly and swiftly. Along with the enthusiasm and tonal proficiency of engineer Jean Paul Peters', Mahogany Frog have created a cinematic art-rock masterpiece that aims to re-evaluate the conventional roles of instruments and how they contribute to a broader composition.
Anyone with an aversion to "contemporary prog" should listen to Wobbler and they'd realize that prog classics are not just confined to the 1970s. This album is just so tight on every level that if you'd have told me this was recorded in 1974, I'd have no basis for questioning it other than the lack of more prominent tape hiss. Great from start to finish! babayetu
Because it is the most exquisitely seventies prog rock influenced music I have yet heard - the mix of Yes/Genesis with some King Crimson thrown in is, at times, overwhelming. (And, as a sixty year old man, the reference to Trumpton/Camberwick Green is more than welcome!) vicar888