November 13rd, 2020, will see Italian experimental psych virtuosos, SAN LEO, release their fourth album titled “Mantracore” on Bronson Recordings. The extraordinary duo, who is exploring all kinds of various music elements — from kraut-rock, psychedelic folk, free-form post-rock, obscure metal, electronica and ambient sounds — is taking their musical vision to a whole new level on “Mantracore“.
Ever since the band started in 2013, SAN LEO‘s uncompromising and often unpredictable sound, has always been hard to label, while their powerful and evocative style could be described as a wild trip of wide dynamic range, tribal grooves, eerie crescendos and magmatic explosions. With a minimal instrumentation of guitar and drums, the band has never feared to cross genre borders, they rather focus on pure, natural elements of soundscapes, but at the same time these two experimental shamans deliver captivating, big grooves and heavy, hypnotic riffs. SAN LEO’s music draws the big picture, as also their upcoming magnum opus, “Mantracore“, showcases in imposing perfection, featuring two 20+ minutes long tracks, titled “MM” and “Core”. It took SAN LEO more than 7 months to record the album in separate sessions at the Blue Audio Studios in Italy, but the result is an impressive piece of musical art.
Dive into the “Mantracore” by SAN LEO, and listen to a brand new teaser the duo just shared here:
“We felt that our first 3 albums sounded different from each other, but the “songs” were all written with a similar approach. In order to make something that would feel both different and personal at the same time, we initially tried to visualize the music as it was not a depiction or narration of a thing, but rather the thing itself. We started to try and actually visualize each piece not by jamming and discussing some riff or rhythm, but by seeing it as a whole organism, before focusing on all the different moments and moods. With this in mind, the album slowly came along pretty much like we envisioned it, one piece after another.“ The band recently commented.
“After testing the pieces live for a year or so, we used a small studio with only a close friend of ours as the engineer, spending several months recording one layer after another (mainly with analog equipment), not rushing anything and taking all the time to listen and evaluate every single take. We sincerely think that our new album Mantracore will speak for itself.“
“Mantracore” will be coming out on November 13rd, 2020, as CD, Vinyl and in Digital formats via Bronson Recordings, the album pre-sale is available at THIS LOCATION!