“The Twang Gang (Live in Berlin)” by Mortal Prophets is an 11-track album that offers psychotronic cowboys a captivating space journey through immersive ambient country tunes.
The album kicks off with “Waltz Across New Jersey,” a short but sweet instrumental piece that immediately sets the tone. Its dreamy acoustic guitar tunes introduce you to the ambiance of the country, gently drawing you in.
The title track, “The Twang Gang(Live in Berlin),” stands out in the album. The live recording aspect adds an extra layer of authenticity to the listening experience, making it feel like you’re right there, savoring the music as it unfolds. The jangly guitar jams are complemented by a deep drumming backbeat, creating a sense of movement and energy. The country tune weaves in and out throughout the track, providing a delightful contrast to the more intense moments.
Mortal Prophets, consisting of guitarist Parker Bryant, bassist Concertina, organist/harmonica player Richmond Davis, and percussionist/programmer Beckett Laurent, showcase their musical prowess throughout the album. “Pagan Driving School” introduces dancey percussion and leathery guitar licks. The jet-powered synths add modernism with a heightened inundation to the country tunes.
The album concludes with “The Bones Go Last,” a song that further immerses the listener in its soundscapes. The recurrent shifts in immersion levels and the heady chiming country tunes create a sense of ebb and flow, almost like the aftermath of a prolonged dip in a spacey pond.
“The Twang Gang (Live in Berlin)” is a musical adventure that has something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of country, ambient, or experimental sounds.
Review By: Naomi Joan