You can listen to and download “The Machine”, a track taken from Smart, over on the band’s SoundCloud page.
Consisting of Sarah Carter (Vocals), Matthias Garrick (Synths, programming) and Dan See (Drums), the band have been described as a mixture of Little Dragon, Florence + The Machine, with hints of Portishead. They’re also renowned for creating explosive live shows, packed with huge choruses and thought provoking lyrics, proudly counting comedian Tim Minchin as one of their biggest fans.
The EP eases in with ‘The Truth In The Madness’ before cascading into the sci-fi soaked sound and imagery of ‘The Machine’. It’s a masterful blend of Sarah’s strong vocal presence fuelled by a backing track that wouldn’t sound out of place in a neon dive bar in the darkest recesses of Blade Runner’s LA. Smart, however, isn’t all bombastic synth melodies, there are quiet moments that present the heart of the band. As the EP progresses, we see a softer side emerging with ‘Tailored’ and ‘September’ – imagine Lykke Li covering Cat Power and you’re almost there.
With influences ranging from Bon Iver to Moloko, Mano’s Daughter put their songs at the heart of their identity, spinning epic lyrical stories with intricate production, having created a luscious EP that will astound and impress their fans and newcomers alike.
Smart is released on 31st March 2014 via Smart & Shiver Records.