It’s not often here at Exploding In Sound that we will review a 7” single, but then again, it’s not often a label as awesome as Psychedelic Judaism asks for our promotional help. The LA based boutique label has released singles and albums from three bands we absolutely love; Wires on Fire, Slang Chickens, and most recently, Mini Mansions. The art-pop trio has been making waves over the past few months, and now the time has come for the guys to release some good ol' vinyl. Their 7” single contains Mini Mansions’ undisputed heavy weight psych pop rocker “Monk” on the A-side, though it’s the B-side that is truly a must hear, an ominous tripped out cover of Blondie’s smash-hit “Heart of Glass”. Limited to 1,000 copies, the 7” vinyl comes in various colors, all with beautifully swirled wax that will look as good spinning on your turntable as it will sound. Grab your copy HERE while supplies last!!
As we mentioned in our review of Mini Mansions debut album last month, “Monk” thrives from a subsonic bassline that grooves and changes without notice, always keeping the listener moving and fully entranced. The hook is exceptionally strong and memorable as they croon, “What you two-time me for? I’m on my way…” over stop start rhythms and syrupy melodies. A clear stand-out on the album, the vocals double and triple for a wavering effect that reigns with charismatic greatness as the song spirals out of control. “Heart of Glass,” a staple of Mini Mansions’ live set makes its recorded debut, thriving with the same colorfully ominous pop tones the band have built their psychedelic sound around. The song opens with a warm buzz and falsetto wails, as their cover drips at a slow hypnotic pace only to build in texture as it progresses. Tremendous vocal variations play off each other as the rhythm gloriously warps under the melody. Once a pop hit of the 80s, Mini Mansions have proven they are more than able to merge catchy pop jangle with artistic exploration and vivid psychedelic orchestration. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the new pop we have been waiting for.
Heart of Glass by Psychedelic Judaism