Thursday, January 8, 2009

Review -- MARDEEN -- Read Less Minds

Collagen Rock Records
Coming out of Halifax is the Indie/powerpop band Mardeen.
So what exactly is powerpop? Well it's music with a pop soul, but it has been infused with a heartbeat that owes its creation more to straight ahead of rock.
The lyrics, and musical stylings are poppish, such as the cut Come Back, but there are times when the music does take on a more straight ahead rock feel, such as the intro to City Lights.
The combination gives Mardeen an edge over the average pop band, which often gets so wrapped in candy floss sensibilities that they become too sweet to stand. By mixing in the dash of pure rock, you get a bit deeper sound out of Mardeen.
That said, this isn't overly complex music either.
The lyrics at times try to escape the parametres of the genre, but for the most part stay, well 'poppish', such as is the case with Howling, a cut that is pure pop, which will be loved by pop fans.
Matt Ellis is the bass player, Travis Ellis and Jon Pearo throw in guitars, with all three contributing to the vocals. The harmonies here are an album strength. Jason Burns rounds out Mardeen playing drums.
While Mardeen does attempt to broaden the music at times, this is ultimately still a pop album, if you are a fan, this one will offer you something just a little different. If not a pop fan there is not enough difference here to really draw you in.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan.7, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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