Favorite

Man/Miracle: The Shape of Things (Third Culture) 

The San Francisco Bay area has seen an explosion of young bands that play music with an eye toward finding new rearrangements of rock's early influences.

Part of the scene is the quartet Man/Miracle, whose sound incorporates myriad styles: jam band, world-music rhythms, melodic pop choruses, raw-edged roadhouse rock and plenty of loud guitar.

The band's debut record, The Shape of Things, is built around Dylan Travis' jittery guitar-playing and drummer Tyler Corelitz's nimble, varied rhythms. It works on the record, but this is music meant to be enjoyed live.

For recording, production and mixing, the band turned to Eli Crews (WHY?, Deerhoof, Beulah), who clearly understands how to guide a band through shifting styles while keeping the rough edges intact.

The strong second half features the riveting "Pushing and Shoving," with catchy riffs and boundless vigor, before calming down for "Other People," a slinky, bass-driven song that leans back to Brit-pop roots.

Man/Miracle might suffer from a lack of focus and vocals that are more yelps and howls than actual words, but that hardly seems to be the point. There's a wave of good energy, and at about 30 minutes, the album leaves you wanting just a bit more.

Like the Talking Heads, Man/Miracle make music that would never be out of place at a party, but offers rewards during solitary listening as well.

More by Eric Swedlund

  • Wide-Ranging Sound

    “Secret Evil” is a confident debut album from genre-hoppers Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
    • Dec 4, 2014
  • Shaping the Sound

    Dream Police might be another creative outlet for the guys from The Men, but that doesn’t make it a side project
    • Nov 27, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Facebook Recommendations

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Various Artists, Dune Drift III (Topaz)
    • Dec 4, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Love is the Only Truth

    Rapper, poet Ezra Letra gets to the heart of his work, words and hip-hop
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • Music Counts

    Friends of Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl celebrate their music with a benefit for the Lupus Foundation
    • Dec 4, 2014
  • More »

Facebook Activity

Tucson Weekly on Facebook

© 2014 Tucson Weekly | 3725 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation