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Heavenly Recordings

Mildlife - Automatic

$45.00

Heavenly Recordings

Mildlife - Automatic

$45.00

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With Automatic, the band have made a step-change from their debut. It’s more disciplined, directional and arguably more danceable. As on Phase, they are unafraid to let a track luxuriate in length without ever succumbing to self-indulgence. The arrangements, tightly structured thanks to Tom Shanahan (bass) and Jim Rindfleish’s fatback drumming, permit space for the others to add spice to the stew, topped off with Kevin McDowell’s ethereal vocals as Mildlife effortlessly glide between live performance and studio songwriting. “The recorded songs kind of become the new reference point for playing the songs live,’ says Kevin. “They both have different outcomes and we make our decisions for each based on that, but they’re symbiotic and they both influence each other. It’s usually a fairly natural flow from live to recorded back to live.”

 

The centerpiece of Automatic is the title track where the band sound like Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock on quarantined lockdown in Bob Moog’s Trumansburg workshop. It’s both a departure and quintessentially Mildlife. This is music you can dance to rather than ‘dance music and it’s all the better for it. – Bandcamp

Label: Heavenly Recordings – HVNLP182

Format: Vinyl, LP

Country: UK & US

Released: 18 Sept 2020

Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Rock

Style: Krautrock, Jazz-Funk, Disco