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The Mannie Roobs – Ivory Fields EP Review

By Matt ‘Sharky’ Finn

The Mannie Roobs – Ivory Fields (track from EP)

The Mannie Roobs are folk song writing duo Robyn Kinnersley and Annie Mackinnon. They have recorded their first EP entitled ‘Ivory Fields’, which they wrote, mixed, mastered and produced entirely themselves, recording their material using a make shift studio in their bedroom and uploading tracks. Inspired by the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Bon Iver, Damien Rice and Daughter their tracks have a maturity, which surpasses their ages. Their youth and innocence, their quirky and ethereal sounds made this EP a pleasure to listen to, again and again!

Track By Track:

Broken Balloon

Beautiful guitar skills, layered in such a way to create many textures. The use of a solid rhythmic base, with a use of subtle lead guitar underneath, the lead vocals build a harmonious melody over the top of the entire track. Just when you think that no more layers could be added, a vocal harmony kicks in over the top. A complex track that is filled with swells and calm moments, which add to the overall feel of the track.

Crayola thief

Beautifully picked opening to the track, with a single lead vocal over the top. The chorus builds into a strummed rhythmic guitar, with an interesting rhythmic solo as a break. A quirky and interesting track with much to offer.

Feathers

Well played picked opening to this track. Another single lead vocal. Use of an effected electric guitar, adds an almost ethereal value to the track. As the track builds to its conclusion, the use of layering adds to this quality drawing the listener into the track more.

Fingertips

The use of both a strummed and picked opening separates this track from the previous two. The addition of a harmony during the chorus, with a lead solo on a guitar with a small amount of distortion throughout, makes for a more complex track, with a rockier feel than previous tracks, while maintaining the unique nature of their overall sound.

Ivory Fields

The EP’s title track, opens again with picking and strumming guitars, and the use of a single female vocal, but does not fail to surprise upon reaching the chorus. The use of the harmony is brought back, however the addition of a beat, brings a new quality to the track, something which makes the track appear more polished and possibly more accessible.

Patchwork Me

A use of piano as an opener to this track pricked my ears up on first listen, and once the vocals and guitar came in I was hooked. A strong track from beginning to end, relying on the good mix of the piano hooks and vocal melody, allowing the guitar to provide soft accompaniment to the track, very much in keeping with the quirky and ethereal quality I believe the band were going for.

Tickled Blue

The final track was filled with the same qualities as other tracks on the EP, opening with a mixture of picked and strummed guitar, and the use of a lead vocal, building as a vocal harmony is added later into the track, as well as a guitar lead part. Another pleasant track, which was fast paced and well constructed, with greatuse of the many tools in these girls arsenal.

Matt ‘Sharky’ Finn

Acoustic Reviewer on behalf of GIGgle Pics

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