Combining the psych elements of Pond, alongside the grooves of midlife-crisis Beck (think ‘Dreams’), Brussels’ Wooly Mammoths unveil new single ‘Water Slide’ and it’s a great taste of their sound. Honing their chops in the Belgian countryside before emigrating to the big city, the five-piece initially caused a stir in their home country, playing shows with the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bill Ryder-Jones, before courting the attention of the wider indie scene (including getting featured in a prevalent New Music Magazine currently in Stormzy’s bad books).
Air-light guitars and breezy vocals give the impression of floating in a psychedelic giant ball of candy-floss, whilst the refrain of “I guess that I don’t wanna get over you” sounds triumphalist rather than pained. Synth-string drone notes fill the space aptly, and disco-inflected drums and bass keep your bum shuffling in your seat. Careful getting carried away on public transport.
Not vastly different from a lot of stuff out there, ‘Water Slide’ still gives the impression of a band with a serious claim to ‘buzz’ status and if they can build on this tune with a little more songwriting finesse, expect them to keep their reputation as one of the coolest Belgian exports since Jean-Claude van Damme in those Coors adverts…
‘Water Slide’ will also feature on Wooly Mammoths’ forthcoming EP, find the single on iTunes here.
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