Idiosyncratic UK Musician, Mailman, is coming out with a bang over a bold concept album that tackles duality and subconsciously commands listeners to dive deeper than the surface to dissect their inner worlds and intentions. We grabbed an early copy of the release which hosts a ‘Dark’ and ‘Light’ side; here’s our thoughts on what’s to come.
Kicking off with the first track, “Introvert”, Mailman begins with a short instrumental that can serve to accompany an intro for a movie highlighting a Fantasy Novel while welcoming listeners into a fresh breath of air. The second track, “Come What May”, begins by mimicking the instrumental style of Counting Crows and then leads into a lyrical spill speaking of how getting in touch with oneself will serve to leading a happier and simpler life. “Frontiers” is the third track that begins by meeting the modern-day musical mind and then slowly takes listeners into a smooth and mellow dose of an uplifting lyrical journey speaking of each individual’s ability to lead a limitless life. The fourth track, “Owe It To My Heart”, begins with a Rock ‘N’ Roll spirit and then leads into a lyrical journey of discovery as Mailman recognizes that by serving his own heart, he will be able to give back even more to others.
“Getaway Island” is the fifth track that begins with the feeling of a slow and easy track by The Eagles over a beautiful lyrical dissection of a human being that has a heart that is distracted by self-imposed walls that are deterring them from sharing true love. The sixth track, “Nothing In My Way”, is a lyrical blend of accountability and awareness that speaks of how the only “thing” that ever can get in the way of living out your best life is yourself. “Broken Wing Cycle” is the seventh track that is a metaphorical work of musical art that speaks from a place of observance about letting oneself loose and setting oneself free from the self-imposed miseries of the past. The eighth track, “Through The Day”, slows it down into an Alternative Rock piece that lyrically tackles how the influence of the outside world can congest the mind and steer an individual clear from the moments of our lives. “Island In The Sun” is the ninth track that begins with a beautiful acoustic instrumental opening that mimics the likes of Pink Floyd and then turns into a creative lyrical journey into a higher realm beyond the physical.
“Cirque De Silly” is the eleventh track that kicks off the ‘Dark’ side and begins by mimicking Donald Trump over a circus theme that meshes with the sarcastic and cunning tone. The twelfth track, “Operetta”, showcases the level of duality that Mailman did approach this release with as he incorporates the balance of Alan Watts which carries the undertone of choosing not to allow the influence of the government or outside world ruin your one precious life. “Searchlight” is the thirteenth track that is an album highlight that takes listeners back into the 1970’s and subliminally states that the only searching that one must “do” to encounter their desires is the search within oneself.
“Mean Motherfucker” is the fifteenth track that carries the essence of 1990’s Rock as Mailman lyrically travels through the workings of the ego attempting to overcome racing thoughts and outbursts that are projected outward while within a manic state. “Never Be Safe” is the seventeenth track that begins with a politically driven statement and then lyrically leads into a bold lyrical representation of the mind of an individual who is swallowed whole by the crooked workings of the media. The eighteenth track, “The Heart of All Resistance”, ties in a Reggae tone and lyrically speaks of pushing pride aside and recognizing that every human being is going to die and that we must capitalize on sharing love while we are alive. Closing out with “Sovereignty”, Mailman ends with a short yet enlightening twist that leaves listeners musing deeper upon their own circumstances.
Mastered by Mandy Parnell who has worked with fellow multidimensional artists such as Bjork and The XX, Mailman has a major co-sign that has helped align this musical journey into a creative space that is entirely subjective and projected by the listener. If you’re a fan of a mixture of fellow musicians such as Pink Floyd, Bush, The Eagles and Third Eye Blind, then keep an eye out for the upcoming release of ‘Yang Yin’ on Soundcloud.
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