There seems to be an aggressiveness to their songs- it’s anti-melody, anti-crowd follower. Basking in their homage to porn stars there is a hugely strong sense of identity with this unsigned band. Song “Holes” is a carnival of different layers which battle between X-Ray Spex screeches, Russian Cossack dancing and grass-roots rockabilly. There’s a hint of a funeral march and a Scooby Doo high speed ghost chase. They scream punk ethos and doing-it-yourself; they are making trends happen instead of waiting for musical genres to pass by.
Combining visuals and music together creates an interesting dialogue between the two mediums; something Mafia Lights are exploring. There is something ethereal to tracks “Charlotte” and “Hampton” as light vocals float over Caribou-like hums and strains of various instruments. A desolate wind howls through their songs which twist and turn, uplifting at the moment you thought it was going to be a sad song. They’re currently working on a VHS release so scour the charity shops for a player- remember you can also play all those videos long forgotten… the Disney epics and Star Wars boxsets which are sadly obsolete.
Listening to Tu Fawning is like going on a bear hunt: you can’t go over it or under it, you have to go through it, swaying through grassy hills and battling through dense woods as feedback and folksy vocals fill the air. Tracks like ‘The Felt Sense’ build up a wall of sound whilst ‘Apples and Oranges’ swim up with plaintive voices and a splash of melancholy. Mixing tribal calling drums with sea shanty piano pieces helps to create an evocative world full of nooks and crannies which have to be delved into and explored.