Mahogny Frog: With a a psychedelic black and white cacophony folds into itself……

Mahogny Frog – Into The Electric Universe

Canada have many very good prog band and probably Rush is the most well-know? There are actually many prog band and artists from that gigantic land. I enjoy many of them as Hamdryad, Hamonium, Jelly Fiche, James Labrie, Geddy Lee, Maneige; Mirodor, Mystery, Red Cain and Red Sand to mention a random few.

In addition I really like the band Mahogny Frog, and that band have been around since 1998. The band was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the quartet have taken their approach of krautrock, psychedelia music, noise of whatever they finds interesting to explore. Mahogny Forg was founded when self-described high school noise-makers Graham Epp and Jesse Warkentin met flamboyant bass-player Nathan Loewen. A joint interest in loud, psychedelic and experimental music lead them together, and with various drummers participating they became a busy live act.

In The Electric Universe is their seventh album 19 years after their debut Plays The Blues.

1. Theme From P.D. (14:13)

2. Psychic Police Force (6:57)

3. Floral Flotilla [Sail To Me My Love In Your …] (5:37)

4. CUbe (5:18)

5. Octavio (8:20)

6. (((Sundog))) (17:41)

Total time: 59:06

Line-up / Musicians

– Graham Epp / guitar, keyboards

– Jesse Warkentin / guitar, keyboards

– Scott A. Raizenne Ellenberger / bass, synthesizers

– Andy Rudolph / drums, synthesizers, sampling

The track Cube is a psychedelic black and white cacophony folds into itself.Wipe transitions, once campy and absurd, are processed and devolved into trippy structuralist building blocks in an unholy assemblage of feedback and strobe. By media artist Colby Richardson.

It was long was a very long  process of creating the album. Recorded 2013 – 2019 by Andy Rudolph, John Paul Peters & Mahogany Frog @ Private Ear Recording, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, 70 Albert Street and Uncle Stan’s Basement, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

In The Electric Universe is as mentioned above the seventh studio album – and third on MoonJune Records – by Canadian instrumental electro-psychedelic outfit Mahogany Frog. 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.

The music from Mahogny Frog draws influence from 60s psychedelia, 70s progressive, fusion, jazz, 50s exotica, electronica, and ambient & experimentalism. Utilizing extensive analogue and digital keyboards, feedback-ridden guitars, fuzz-bass and electronics, the group creates dynamic, multi-layered songs that explore tone, mood and composition. Mahogany Frog’s 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, GER) and SESC (Sao Paulo, BZ), and shared the stage with notable artists such as The Flaming Lips, Caribou, Deerhoof, BADBADNOTGOOD, Venetian Snares, SUUNS, Besnard Lakes and Eric’s 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.


Om Ulf Backstrøm (6868 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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