A classic cadence comes cascading down on the soulful sound of Mango Sun’s “Golden Days”. Sundrenched to its core there is a summery air about the way they do things, from the loose drumming courtesy of Mark Cosgrove to the gracious glide of lead vocalist/guitarist TJ Maber. India Raine’s lumbering bass helps to anchor the track. Everything is tied together with the power of TJ Maber’s thoughtful poetic lyricism. There is a beauty to the way they let the verses unfurl as there is a graceful way that they effortlessly weave together into a cohesive, unified whole.
TJ Maber’s vocals recall Francis Black’s strange, at times surreal, storytelling and allusions. An inflection of the Pixies’ punk ethos also ties much of the sound together. On the celebratory dance rock ethos of the sound, they draw a little from Spoon’s affect, for, like Spoon, their goal is to create a small celebration within the sweeping, expansive sound. Layers are applied with an impressionistic hue, and the occasional jazz inflections recall a tinge of the Sea and Cake’s urbane take on the classic indie rock sound.
Everything about the song simply stuns but their open in particular feels outright timeless. Tiny guitar gestures gradually reverberate in the vast space, almost suspended in air as the bass comes to join them. Upon the first hit of the drums the groove is fully and completely established. From here the rest of the sound comes into place. By the time the vocals enter the sound works in a perfect swinging approach as the vocals have a commanding but not overpowering presence. Almost detached, there is a reflectiveness to the way that the verses fall, one after the other, with the balance between them revealing a certain penchant for storytelling.
Patience is the trick for the way they let atmosphere into the mix feels quite confident. There is an intelligence even behind the dance ethos of the piece, one that touches upon early Artic Monkeys in terms of its wit and brevity. Little details here matter a great deal and are amplified in ways that have such a vibrancy about them. The multi-layered, multi-faceted approach works wonders as the entirety of the track completely lets loose for the wild finale.
Mango Sun delivers a little bit of joy tinged with nostalgia on the tender “Golden Days”.