MP3 MollyLlama - Albatross2
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9 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: with Live-band Production
M Naghsh and D Fasano are MollyLlama.
This fine duo's history spans 20 years and countless side projects. Mr. Naghsh and Mr. Fasano are originally from Kingston, New York. Both were in different bands at the time of MollyLlama's birth over pints of stout, grand schemes and tall tales at a nearby Woodstock pub.
Many years have passed but the music kept pulling them back into makeshift studios with an old 4-track recorder. Since those days the self-set standards of making better quality recordings prompted studio time both in upstate (Niki Records/Prospect Street Studios, Kingston, N.Y.), downstate (Prime Time Studios, Pelham, N.Y.) and down south (Richter Studios, Orlando, Fl.).
The basic rhythm tracks were recorded in the studio and most of the final tracks and mixing were done at Esta's Hideaway, Mr. Naghsh's home studio in NYC.
Mr. Naghsh: guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals
Mr. Fasano: drums, percussion, samples, piano
Albatross2, MollyLlama's first ep-length cd, is moody, energetic, and raw at times. These songs evoke film noir, alienated youth clinking glasses in a dark lounge, or vampires following you down a silver-lit alley. MollyLlama tells the story of the smoky memories of my own late-night clubbing during the 1980s. The band has both inherited the teachings of Killing Joke, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Gang of Four, and joined bands like Sigur Ros, Radiohead, and Mogwai in receiving these teachings while successfully merging their own richly textured sounds and post-punk sensibilities.
This duet of Kingston high-school buddies spans hundreds of miles and 20 years. (Mark Naghsh is based in New York City and Dana Fasano in Florida.) MollyLlama works together by sending songs through the mail and the Internet; a sort of tele-collaborating, if you will.
Albatross2 weaves driving rock songs with echoing vocals and instrumental interludes using the occasional sample. The opening tune, the brief (seven seconds) "Ah," is ethereal, but "I Own You" is tough, grinding rock. "B-Movie" wafts nearly (but not quite) techno with self-analytical lyrics. "Windows" had me dancing all week. Moody, energetic, and raw at times, MollyLlama are keepers of the faith without resorting to imitation. To purchase, visit https://www.tradebit.com.
-Dina Pearlman/Chronogram Magazine, October 2003
Musicianship is evident and
the future seems bright for these guys!
La Mesa, California
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Nice work. Make room on you CD shelf for this disc.
This one's a keeper!
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Eddie Vedder and
Thom Yorke's hideous
love child fronts Gang of Four.
- Jasper Blue
A foray into post-rock electroclash,
but ultimately still rock'n'roll.
- Steven Garnett
Educator, musician, music journalist
Scary Monsters-era Bowie
with a little Joy Division
via post-euro this or that.
It's strangely comforting.
I'm digging this band!
- Thee Cricket
in partnership with CDbaby (ID 470602)
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