Recorded 2013 - 2019 by Andy Rudolph, John Paul Peters & Mahogany Frog @ Private Ear Recording, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, 70 Albert Street and Uncle Stan’s Basement, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Mastered by Harris Newman @ Greymarket Mastering, Montreal, PQ, Canada.
Produced by Mahogany Frog.
Photo by Delf Gravert | Design by Jesse Warkentin
© 2021 Mafrogany Hog Ltd./Inc./Corp. & Co.
Mahogany Frog In The Electric Universe is the seventh studio album by Canadian instrumental electro-psychedelic outfit Mahogany Frog. Six years in the making, the recording illustrates a foray into forms of sonic searching previously unexamined by the group. Building from approaches in orchestration captured on their 2012 effort SENNA, the group aims to create infinitely morphing waves of sound that transcend conventional perceptions of instrumentation, while simultaneously offering melodic and rhythmic closure. Utilizing the gradual unfolding of themes, extensive repetition, textural layering and crunchy, downbeat-heavy grooves, the tunes invoke a listening experience that is trance-like and hypnotic. The extensive employment of synthesized arpeggiators, often detached from the rhythm and irresolute in tempo, generate warm and disorienting backdrops to otherwise approachable structures. Tape loops and tape delay are used experimentally, highlighting decay and fragmentation. The compositions serve as foundations for melodic layering, tonal examination and deconstruction, resulting in a dynamic and colourful collection of music rich in expression, playfulness and resolve.