Location: Orlando, Florida
Genre: Avant rock
Full Length: Mantha
Format: Digital album
Label: Good Idea Music
Release date: April 2, 2021
What’s going on everybody it’s your boy Mr. 10 out of 10 and I’m back with another album review! This time it’s the new album by Odd Circus, ‘Mantha’.
Now Odd Circus is a Bandcamp band that I recently discovered and starting from the 15 second intro I didn’t really know what to make of it.
I mean the band is called Odd Circus and the first 15 seconds sound like this crazy noise but then once the official album kicks in with the second track you get such a beautiful harmony of jazz, metal and electronic fusion the likes of which I’ve never really heard before!
In the past I’ve heard Jazz Metal (for example bands like Panzerballett) who try and create this new sub-genre by literally combining both Jazz and Metal together, I wanted to be a fan but it never gets that far because I feel like they try too hard to refuse the sounds of jazz and metal instead of doing what odds circus is doing so beautifully making a metal album with elements of jazz in it!
So what you get through this album is a lot of what I would call groove metal, you hear your funky chords, drum patterns, rhythms of the guitar but then prominently throughout the album you get these amazing jazz sessions of just smooth, lively, classic groovy jazz instrumentals.
The pacing is normally fast paced, not really the traditional Miles Davis Kind of Blue but think more Herbie Hancock and that Is what I’m talking about.
Now it is continuous, I love the fluency of this album because you never know when one truck starts and the other finishes and I love that about it! Because you don’t lose the experience, you don’t lose the magic that is the jazz experience of this album and going through the motions of the project!
I love how they add a lot of electronic vibes as well! I’m taking Glitch sounds techno sounds and bunch of experimental noise elements which gives that extra flavour to the album that boost it to another level so I really love everything about it!
It’s a short experience besides the last song which is over seven minutes but overall the whole thing is a total blast and I would highly recommend it!
If you’re in the mood for something fresh and exciting then this is what you need! I was skeptical at first but by the end of it I did nothing but fell in love with the creativity, diversity and production of what Odd Circus had to offer!
Please, Please, Please go support this band as they definitely deserve it! -Corban Skipwith
Graham Robertson: Saxophones, effects
Crews Carter: Bass, effects
Partin Whitaker: Drums