Genre/Influences: Post-Punk, Psychedelic-Wave.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Four years after the debut album “Observed In A Dream” the Norwegian formation Mayflower Madame last year unleashed this new work. The album has been released as a collaboration between French labels Only Lovers Records and Icy Cold Records plus the American label Little Cloud Records (releasing the vinyl).
Content: I wasn’t familiar with this formation, but was surprised discovering a mix of 80s Post-Punk elements together with a Psychedelic guitar. The songs have something dreamy, sometimes creating a shimmering effect while still featuring some Shoegaze influences.
+ + + : It’s interesting to see how good-old Post-Punk and Dark-Wave influences can be mixed with Psychedelic guitar atmospheres. It creates an ominous sphere, which literally supports the album with some dreamy, frightening passages. “Prepared For A Nightmare” is a perfect album title to express the mood emerging at the surface. I especially like the guitar play, but still the singers’ deep timbre of voice.
– – – : A few ‘softer’ songs can’t convince me a similar way; “The Night Before” being one of these very few disillusions.
Conclusion: Mayflower Madame stands for dark reverie so there’s no better way calling your album “Prepared For A Nightmare”!
Best songs: “Swallow”, “Vultures”, “Sacred Core”, “Ludwig Meidner”.