Alternative artist Mog Stanley has released his long awaited album titled, ‘Twisted Pop Music’. Mog Stanley has been writing music for many years, with his earliest release dating back to 2011. Throughout his career he has given captivating live performances in music festivals across the globe, such as Riba Rocks in Catalunya and Zine Blues Festival in France. Not only this, he has also played support slots for the likes of Danny & the Champion of the World, Guy Davis and Evan Dando.
‘Twisted Pop Music’ is a juicy collection of tracks that ooze Mog Stanley’s pure organic and rich musicianship. He drizzles a healthy dose of everything on this delicious album from steamy bluesy tones, rock n’ roll swagger swirling between psychedelic spirals and some luscious pop sprinkles for good measure. ‘Double Drop’ kicks the album off with a vaporous guitar melody whining with its blues infested tones through a meaty beat while Stanley’s lo fi vocals coo in the background. The chilling atmosphere thrillingly rebounds off the refined instrumentation to make for a satisfying rich sound. It’s one heck of an introduction into the album. Each track is a fresh new slice of what Stanley can do ‘Kevin’ fleshes out the panache driven shivering-ly suave rock n’ roll flavour as Stanley wails and murmurs through shredding guitars and punchy drums while ‘Birthday Card’, ‘Your House Doesn’t Have any Windows’ creep through with chilling vocals, eerie guitar and spooky soundscapes and ‘Scribblings of a MadMan’ struts through with a haunting funky vibe. ‘Japanese Toilet’ sounds like a rough demo as his vocals seem further away than the glistening warm guitar, however it adds character to the album. A lot of the tracks are short and sweet ‘56 BluesStyle Blues’ comes in at a short fifty eight seconds while .’I Want Something that You’ve Got’, ‘MadMan’ and ‘3:1 Alienation Blues’ spread their tasty ear drooling concoction to a little over one minute and a half. There are glorious powerful melodies throughout the album ‘Find a Happy Place then Leave’ and ‘Wait’ pack delicious melty melodies into your ears effortlessly as jangly guitars and a sprightly beat create the perfect sun kissed dreamy atmosphere to lose yourself in. ‘Hoosegow’ throws some western -esque vibes into the mix before building into a syrupy pop number. The tender ballad comes in the form of ‘Straight Down the Middle’ with soft acoustic guitars and lush vocals over a melancholic melody. Each track takes on a different character and dimension without sounding scattered or detached. They blend perfectly to make the album wholly enthralling and unique. There is an 80’s pop vibe surrounding ‘Parasite Idea Zone Corp’ – it has a Pet Shop Boys feel while still maintaining its own dark disco flecked identity. Stanley brings the album to a close with the warm foot tapping ‘Don’t Believe a Word they Say’ and the acid soaked frazzlement that is ‘Dentist Waiting Room Blues’. This track shimmies out the album dripping in swagger as shredding guitars weave their sultry way between a vibrant beat that is sure to have you up and dancing. It’s 60’s esque with psychedelic tones swirled into obscure vocal whispers- leaving you in a mesmerised daze of Mog Stanley’s creation.
‘Twisted Pop Music’ is exactly what it implies – a trippy, twisted delicious concoction of sweet moments, dizzying delusions and dance-able gems.
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