“A glossy, shimmering lagoon of molten gold…” – The 405
Mano’s Daughter‘s follow-up to their debut single The Machine, the anthemic, ethereal EP Smart, is available now via Smart & Shiver Records.
The band have already caught the attention of the press, picking up an impressive 7.5 star review from The 405 and support from the likes of Artrocker Magazine, Contact Music and God Is In The TV Zine. They recently released an impressive video for EP track ‘Tailored’ and you can check it out on their official YouTube channel
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 the first part of a two-part release. Their follow up EP, Shiver, will be released in May 2014.
Smart is available now via Smart & Shiver Records. Buy it on their official website.