Today’s review is not even proper EDM: I was in a mood for something relaxing, a departure from the predictable tunes that saturate the music scene. And I found what I was looking for.
“Diving into the broken synapses of molecular transient brain waves” (a clever quote indeed), I embarked on a journey with Hot Spoon, Cold Mango and their unforgettable creation. This is indie, “Motion Vision” with a clear orchestral and almost lo-fi vibe. This is “Paws on Ears“.
Hot Spoon, Cold Mango, with three albums under their belt, including the intriguingly titled “Je ne parle pas français” “My Teddy Bears Look At Me Funny” and “The Statistician’s Melancholic Marching Band” have proven to be masters of long titles and, more importantly, creators of immersive musical tales.
“Paws on Ears” isn’t just an album; it’s a story, a tale spun through sounds and delicate details that unfold through time and space. Rather than adhering to the conventional approach of offering a general overview and picking top tracks, “Paws on Ears” demands to be considered as a whole, a narrative with no pictures but rich in sonic experiences.
During my contemplative listening session, a personal interpretation emerged. “Paws on Ears” seemed to follow the playful adventures of two bears in the woods, capturing their discoveries, games, fears, and hopes. Whether these bears are symbolic representations of the artists or something deeper remained a mystery to me, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the listening experience.
The sounds of “Paws On Ears” are ever-evolving, creating a warm atmosphere with elegant piano chords and playful elements. Take, for instance, “Sketching In A Photogram Of Worlds” where the violin takes center stage, painting a creative landscape on a phonic canvas. Or the dreamy “Flower Picking Pink Elepppppphants” (a nod to Dumbo, perhaps?), and the joyous “First Dance Of Eight Paws” where the bears engage in playful and dynamic activities.
A standout moment for me was the peacefulness of “Withdrawing Of Claws,” where the bears journey home, accompanied by a melancholic and almost sad sequence. It was a liberating experience for both body and mind.
“Paws on Ears” is indeed liberating, offering a sense of calm and a release from the day’s accumulated toxins. The album provided a genuine adventure, minute by minute, as I pondered the bears’ activities, piecing together their story based on the subtle changes in pace—a delightful game, especially if you refrain from reading the titles in advance.
Hot Spoon, Cold Mango has masterfully crafted a relaxing experience deserving of your time. The thoughtful integration of violins, piano, and cheerful elements brought pure joy to my evening. Their ability to tell a compelling story without explicitly spelling it out is truly impressive. A great listening experience, indeed!