Photo by Kelsey Cherry
Manrelic draws influence from a variety of places, musical and non-musical. There are nods to the larger-than-life characters throughout this past half-century. The synth work fluctuates between dreamy and anxiety-inducing. The drums and percussion pump, bump, and grind with quirkiness. The guitars, at times, cascade around you and then jump out at you like a snarling savage. The bass provides the ground-shaking low-end to fill the music out. Manrelic wants you to hear something familiar, responsive to its context, but new. Whatever the case, just FEEL something.