Mildlife - Phase (LP)

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Original Release Year:
2017
Genre(s):
Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk
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Vinyl Record LP
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Artist: Mildlife
Album: Phase
Released: Australia, Nov 2023

Tracklist:

A1The Magnificent Moon8:52
Bass Guitar - Tomas Shanahan
Congas - Craig Shanahan
Drums - James Donald
Guitar - Adam Halliwell
Synthesizer, Vocals, Electric Piano - Kevin McDowell
A2Zwango Zop4:49
Bass Guitar - Tomas Shanahan
Congas - Craig Shanahan
Drums - James Donald
Guitar - Adam Halliwell
Synthesizer, Vocals - Kevin McDowell
A3Im Blau7:08
Bass Guitar - Tomas Shanahan
Guiro, Shaker - Craig Shanahan
Synthesizer - Kevin McDowell
Vocoder, Flute, Guitar - Adam Halliwell
B1Phase6:19
Bass Guitar - Tomas Shanahan
Drums - James Donald
Guitar - Adam Halliwell
Synthesizer - Kevin McDowell
B2Two Horizons6:04
Bass Guitar - Tomas Shanahan
Drums - James Donald
Guitar - Adam Halliwell
Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Vocals - Kevin McDowell
B3The Gloves Don't Bite6:47
Bass Guitar - Tomas Shanahan
Congas - Craig Shanahan
Drums - James Donald
Guitar - Adam Halliwell
Synthesizer, Vocals - Kevin McDowell

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Mildlife's debut album "Phase" is a refreshing and innovative addition to the modern music scene, seamlessly blending elements of jazz, funk, psychedelic, and electronic music. Released in 2018, this Australian band has crafted an album that's both nostalgically familiar and thrillingly new, positioning them as a noteworthy act in the contemporary music landscape.

The album opens with the track "The Magnificent Moon," an apt introduction to Mildlife's unique sound. It's an expansive piece that slowly builds, layering instruments and rhythms in a way that feels both organic and carefully orchestrated. The track's ability to blend traditional jazz instrumentation with modern electronic production is a testament to the band's skill and musical vision. The song's progression is seamless, moving from mellow, ambient textures to more rhythmically complex sections, showcasing the band's ability to control the ebb and flow of energy within a track.

"Zwango Zop," the second track, continues this trend but with a slightly more upbeat tempo. It's a piece that exudes a sense of playfulness and fun, with a bassline that's both groovy and complex. The use of synthesizers adds a cosmic quality to the music, transporting listeners to a space that is both retro and futuristic. The saxophone solo in this track is a highlight, adding a layer of jazz authenticity that enriches the song's sonic palette.

The album's title track, "Phase," is a more introspective and moodier piece. It showcases the band's ability to create atmospheric soundscapes that are immersive and emotionally resonant. The track's slower tempo and more pronounced use of space in the composition make it a contemplative piece, offering a moment of calm within the album's energetic flow.

"Im Blau" stands out for its melodic focus. The song's structure is more conventional in its approach, but this does not detract from its charm. Instead, it highlights Mildlife's versatility and their ability to create a more straightforward, yet equally engaging, musical experience. The interplay between the keyboard and guitar in this track is particularly noteworthy, creating a harmonic richness that is both pleasing and intriguing.

"The Gloves Don't Bite," the final track, is a culmination of all the elements that make "Phase" a remarkable album. It's a longer piece, giving the band ample time to explore different musical ideas. The track's progression is dynamic, with a rhythmic complexity that keeps the listener engaged throughout. It's a fitting end to an album that consistently delivers both in terms of musicality and innovation.

Throughout the album, Mildlife demonstrates a deep understanding of musical composition and arrangement. The way they weave different genres together is not only technically impressive but also artistically compelling. The production quality of "Phase" is also noteworthy, with a clarity and balance that allows each instrument to shine without overpowering the others. This attention to detail in the production adds to the overall immersive experience of the album.

In conclusion, "Phase" by Mildlife is a standout debut album. It's a work that showcases the band's talent for creating music that's both complex and accessible, innovative yet familiar. The album's blend of jazz, funk, psychedelic, and electronic elements is executed with a level of sophistication and artistry that is rare for a debut. "Phase" is a promising start for Mildlife and a sign of great things to come from this talented group. The album is not just a collection of songs, but a cohesive musical journey that's well worth taking.