It’s clear from the get-go that “Lioness” is going to traverse across a variety of genres, with hypnotic doses of late-night brass, sleek pop-forward vocals, and funk-tinged guitar work in the first minute alone. Indeed, the new track from Austin-based MAMAHAWK is a showcase of their eclectic stylistic reach and knack for infectious melodies. The track’s funk-led hook at 01:31 is the first notable transition, channeling the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra in the embrace of funk and contemporary rock. More brass involvement in the mid-section, meshing with warbled synths, adds to an intoxicating soundscape. With great production and variety, “Lioness” is a firm accomplishment from MAMAHAWK.
Per the band, the track “was written as a celebration of the life of Lonne Dickerson. She was an extraordinary human being who left us too soon, but not before sharing her enormous light and love with everyone around her. Her effervescent laughter and smile inspired us while she was here, and her energy continues to resonate. Lioness was engineered and mixed by James Reed in Austin, TX and mastered by Beau Vallis in Los Angeles, CA. We hope this tune helps to express the joyful and profound effect “Lonne the Lioness” had on this world.”