Written by Fense
Mamiffer is a strange name. So is the title to their debut album, Hirror Enniffer. Then again, the music Mamiffer makes is as unique as the monikers they have masterfully possessed. The group consists of Seattle pianist Faith Coloccia. Coloccia draws influence from her art and composition background to create a refreshing sound unheard of by your traditional pianist.
If I was to hear that Coloccia was classically trained, I would not be surprised; tunes like â€œAnnwnâ€ have classical elements to them despite droning effects made by Japanese distortion pedals and various other instruments. Thanks to a composition background, â€œAnnwnâ€â€”among othersâ€”has a clever play on time signatures.
Also of no surprise is a guest appearance by Aaron Turner (ISIS) and Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes). While piano is the primary focus on several songs, its prominence remains but gives the lead to guitar on â€œBlack Running Waterâ€.
Hirror Enniffer is probably unlike anything youâ€™ve heard. Not only is it an accessible album for fitting the experimental categorization, the classical elements mixed with electronic and shoegaze drones make it quite relaxing when itâ€™s not filled with tension.
Mamiffer: Black Running Water [mp3]
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Hydra Head [CD, 2008]
1. This Land
2. Death Shawl
4. Black Running Water
5. Suckling A Dead Litter