UNDER THE RADAR: Mammoth Penguins and Friends – “The Sailor”.
Disappearance, fraud, lies and deceit, they all sit at the heart of John Doe, the upcoming concept album from Mammoth Penguins. The titular John Doe is a fictional character, a man willing to fake his own death to escape his problems. To do this tale justice, the band has teamed up with a host of friends, including Sophie Barkerwood (Haiku Salut) and Joe Bear (Alto 45), to produce the album. That album will be released in October on the wiaiwya label, and marks Mammoth Penguins’ first new material since 2015’s Hide & Seek.
The Sailor builds around the classic propulsive Mammoth Penguin sound, as bouncing bass-lines and driving percussion give the whole thing a flavour of kraut-rock. The synthesisers, courtesy of Joe Bear add some additional textures, while singer Emma Kupa’s impassioned vocals have never sounded stronger.
.for the rabbits