The self-titled album from MRMT (MYTHICRAREMRTOAD) struts a gripping electronic and rock fusion, consistently maintaining an engrossing atmospheric intrigue. Heady electronic textures mesh with stirring instrumentals that embrace an improvisational tilt, evident right away on opening track “The Great Ravetoad.” Therein, jazzy guitar lines linger into a lounge-friendly second half, following a dexterous percussive pit-pattering and exotic synth flashes; the result is one with compelling, immersive atmospheric vigor.

“Bad Donut” is another highlight, more embracing of upfront guitar theatrics in its halted ferocity. Jumpy guitar work eases into an ominous synth-touched spaciousness, weaving in and out with climactic engrossment. While “Bad Donut” puts on a clinic in sped-up fervency, “Toad’s Improv” stirs in its more nocturnal, understated guitar emphasis; its chilling qualities sit enjoyably between snarling heavy-rocker “Vile bufo” and clanging synth-stomper “Mr Whomps Thwomp.” MRMT presents a riveting rock and electronic intertwining throughout.

The Mechanicsville-based artist describes their output as “a passion project that I hope to one day perform live in front of jazz heads and bass heads alike.”

“Toad’s Improv” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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