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On their sophomore record, Ash Mammal are buzzing with excitement. The Leicester-based outfit have put their blood, sweat and tears into this new album entitled The Ghost We Caught On Film. With new territory to explore, Third Outing make it our mission to discover the puzzle behind Ash Mammal's labyrinth of sound...
Ash Mammal are outcasts. They are pure. Honest. Troubled. Visceral, different, conceptual, emotional and passionate. We could write enthusiastically about almost each and every song on The Ghost We Caught On Film. However, to us, the concept of this album has to be captured as a whole. After a first listen, you realise that the abundance of musical ideas, instruments and colours are a support system, used to portray a simple motif: channeling emotions.
What is striking about Ash Mammal's second outing is their great ability to create an atmosphere. You never really know what is coming next. There is a gloomy but reassuring sound coming out of these guitars. By studying music, using complex structures and different dynamics, the band manage to take us on a musical journey. And sometimes, by surrounding the heaviest parts of these songs with delicate instrumentals, the harshness is that much more apparent. By doing so, they are exuding a much stronger sense of insight and creativity, yes of course breaking the soulless manufacturing of the Indie machine, but more importantly channeling their emotions wonderfully.
"The band almost feels like a weird religion to us, we’ve all put our souls into it and we don’t really know what is going to come of it"
The band hail from Leicester, where they learned to play their instrument together, growing and developing their own style. It's maybe why Ash Mammal have got this 'higher' connection with one another and makes them feel like a 'real band' in the good old fashion sense of it all. This is reflected in the music, and continues in the new sounds...
To the new Ash Mammal then, and The Ghost We Caught On Film is still very exciting, but the tone has shifted considerably. The best moments here are incredible. The band find new and different highs, using cello and horns for instance. A new aspect is also introduced from the recording studio: "Naturally, there’s less performance magic in the studio, but that leaves space for actual technical proficiency and intricate stuff that wouldn’t work on the tapes..."