Norwegian newcomers Haunted Mansions bring psychedelic warmth and understated confidence to their hiphop-inspired indie weirdness. Haunted Mansions namecheck Portugal The Man, Danger Mouse and Gorillaz when asked to describe their music and while those artists have inspired Haunted Mansions it's clear to all that they bring their own flavour to the music as well. The band combines old-school hiphop beats, almost shimmering acoustic guitars, textured synths and weird, smoky and infectious vocals to perfection. The songs are seductive in all their gloom, mildly psychedelic and strongly melodic, but most of all just really great.
Their debut single «Sunshine Crawlers» is full of insistent pop hooks, and is a great introduction to their sound. It's a song about social injustice, about realizing that the world is blindingly unfair and that there really isn't that much hope to be found. Still, there are undertones of resistance, a subdued call to arms. The last chorus rises above the gloom and asks «Who's laughing now» as it perhaps finds an ever so slight glimmer of light in the enveloping darkness of modern society.
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