Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Datcha Mandala - Hara

A lot of y'all talk about loving classic rock ad wanting to make music like that but really aren't executing like it. This is what I love about Datcha Mandala - they are a band who have listened to the classics, digested them and now are doing some truly exciting stuff within the form. They have straight up stoner rockers to be sure, but they also have tracks like 'Morning Song' which belies a real passion for Crosby, Stills and Nash. If that isn't enough to start to win you over - I don't really know what is.

With some truly excellent production work courtesy of Clive Martin (Queen, Tom Yorke, The Cure) the band has been able to elevate their game to the next level. They have crafted their songwriting in a way that is exciting and engaging. These are anthems that can blur the line between classic pop and noise rock. They show that the band has a wonderful understanding of songwriting. The overall flow of the record is such that moments of chaos are counterbalanced with 70s rock bliss. It's a wild ride but one that is well worth taking many times over. Datcha Mandala are just playing in a league that is largely their own.

I simply love falling deep into the mystical pit of this record. They have bouncy riffs and huge vocals. Yet they don't sound like a throwback band, even if their influences seem to be largely drawn from the 70s. Instead, Hara sees the band crafting music that, while very much inspired by 70s artists is still informed by 2020 and shows that the guys have been consuming new material and evolving it into strange new paths. Its a blast to sink your teeth into this record that hints at a bold future for the band.

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