The biggest downside to Mechanik‘s Inner Temple / Outer Temple EP is that it passes too quick. Very classic sounding and contemporary, Madrid’s Mechanik still cover some ground on only 3 cuts. Persistent opener Did You Have to Take So Many Pills? takes a rock solid Krautrock foundation and works up a tight rocker that loosens and blossoms into a tasty space lather by the end. Inner Temple works a similar base, taking the initial simple acoustic cue and patiently layer it up into a contorted guitar finish. It’s a more ominous and mysterious cut than Did You Have to Take So Many Pills?, delivering the throb, but expanding the atmosphere more. Which is a perfect lead in to the lengthy kiss off of Bliss & Gloss. Meditative and snakey, Bliss & Gloss delivers the same kind of dynamics as before, but on a far more hazy and narcotic vista. Tempering the drive with some fog, Bliss & Gloss is a sweet glide out and, in many ways, a great summation of Mechanik’s approach and delivery. Fortunately, Mechanik also have an earlier EP, You Yourself Are The Teacher And The Guru, if their newest offering leaves you wanting some more work done. It’s got a different vibe, but there’s no mistaking who lingers under the hood going to work with the proper tools.
Did You Have to Take So Many Pills? :: Mechanik :: Inner Temple / Outer Temple EP (2012, Mechanik)
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