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"Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die." -Paul Simon
The Mavyns are all grown up. The lovable quartet instantly won us over two years ago when they first embarked on their musical journey, what with their unruly locks and unpretentious sound. And while they retained all of their impish charm on this particular night, their music has evolved exponentially.
The last time the Mavyns came out in full force was a few months ago; since then, it seems they've been busier than ever before. Conceptualizing, creating and actually recording their debut--but only technically since they already have a home-recorded EP as well as a live album--studio release, 'From The Tree Of No Ledge.'
They kicked off their nationwide launch tour with this Blue Frog gig and as such, it was poised to be a real 'make it or break it' performance. However, considering the stellar performance they delivered, it's safe to say that they can sit back and enjoy the rest of their career-launching journey now!
I strolled in towards the very end of the first song, and was immediately struck by the sheer number of dedicated fans who'd come out on a Tuesday night to support them! Though I'll admit it wasn't long before everything else took a back seat and their music took over.
The first three tracks were utterly atypical with a far more minimalistic approach, raw soulful vocals and some incredibly melodic guitar riffs. But as the first jangly chord of their song 'Vagabond' filled the room, I realized they would never completely lose touch with their British-flavoured alt rock sound.
After that, they worked their way through a deliberately thought-out set comprising their entire 14-track album as well as a few older numbers ('Greener Than The Sea' and 'Star Seeds') thrown in for good measure.
This familiar songs definitely reeled loyal audience members in and left them captivated and thrilled. Dull moments were few and far between thanks to their eclectic--and spectacular--collaborations with everyone from violinist/saxophonist Shirish Malhotra and Colour Compound vocalist and guitarist, Bradley Tellis to exemplary flautist, Clive Vas.
Even Neptune Chapotin and Kenroy Sequeira's titillating performances on the mouth-harp were sensational. Needless to say, this array of unusual instrumentation and additional elements only added more mesmerizing complexity to the Mavyns' otherwise simpler musical arrangements.
As far as show-stealers go, I'd have to go with 'Echoes' for its clever and quirky oscillation between two starkly contradictory moods; not to mention a great instrumental solo towards the end! The entire segment was reminiscent of something the Parisian independent band, Phoenix, might have created. The delightfully piano-ridden--even if uncharacteristically melancholic--'Soul Friend' also deserves a special mention.
In the past, several industry bigwigs have agreed that this unique band had struck upon an interesting formula, even if they lacked some necessary finishing touches. On this night, it was amply clear that the band had paid heed to this advice, done some serious introspection and emerged with far more polish. That too while staying true to themselves despite the significant evolution of their sound!
Sure, I loved the Mavyns when they were waist-deep in their pre-Revolver Beatles roots because they had a way of making me smile. But I think I might like this jam-driven Mavyns with their insightful lyrics and stratified melodies even more, because they make me think too. It's unlikely that anyone even realized that their music was once missing something. However, now that they've discovered that missing piece, the Mavyns are officially unstoppable!
Click here to check out their only single, Little Woman, from their new album available for free download.
And here's the band performing Freedom Slinger:
-Pictures courtesy The Mavyns-
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