EP Review: Mammals – Animalia
Words by Scenewave Australia - Published on August 12, 2014
After the success of first single, Circles, and follow up single Wolf, dreamy and lush Sydney outfit, Mammals are about to drop their debut EP, Animalia. If the first two singles are anything to go by, they’re in for some pretty exciting times ahead!
Slow burning and gentle, yet juxtaposed with dramatic builds and percussion, Animalia is quintessentially Australian, with good and laidback vibes throughout. The songs seem carefree and effortless, but upon closer listen, are actually impressively intricate and have quite a bit going on. From the standout, Circles, which is shimmering and ethereal; to the darker, more mysterious Depraved, with groovy guitar and breathy vocals – Guy Brown is onto something seriously good!
Animalia is the ultimate summer soundtrack, with the obvious surfing influences consistent throughout the record. It makes me feel like taking a road trip with a bunch of friends, and sleeping under the stars. My personal favourite track, Wolf is beautiful, with a gradual build into a euphoric and powerful build set up against Brown’s almost forlorn voice.
All in all, Animalia is pretty damn rad. On what listeners can expect from the EP, Brown said, “There’s a lot of different emotions that went into them individually, so hopefully it evokes a few feelings and connections with the listeners.” Animalia is the perfect introduction to what will surely be an act we will be hearing a lot about in the near future. With its remarkable production, intelligent instrumentation and beautiful lyrics and vocals, let Mammals take over for a while and feel your mind drift away.