“What is this?” I asked Mike Madrigale of Mr. Suit Records.
“Mahogany? That’s like downtempo shoegazer stuff,” he answered.
That was enough for me to shell out the one dollar he was asking for. I bought this 7″ strictly because of Madrigale’s description, the cover art and the title: In the Presence of the the Crepuscular. (Phish fans will get it.)
I wasn’t disappointed. In the Presence of the Crepuscular features two excellent downtempo, atmospheric, blissed-out tracks: “Light Will Deserve a Place” and “Cloudless.” They were enough to convince me to dive a little deeper into Mahogany’s music.
Mahogany – the Philadelphia, New York and Chicago-based art rock collective – has undergone quite a few iterations over the years. The band has been making its ambient dream pop since ’95. The current lineup features the duo of Andrew Prinz and Jaclyn Slimm. Prinz and Slimm released their single “Phase Break” in 2013. “Phase Break” features Slimm on vocals, 12-string guitar and percussion and Prinz on a magnificent cello, 12-string guitar, harpsichord, a variety of synths, drum kits and a subtle funky bass. The effect is all at once familiar and futuristic.
Pour yourself a nice cup of hot coffee and wake up to the warm tones of Mahogany.
It’s that time of year, when everyone is compiling their “Best of” lists. What are your favorite downtempo and ambient records of 2015. Answer in the comment section along with any requests for future editions of Sunday A.M. Radio.