On Oni Pond
On Oni Pond, the 2013 album from Philadelphia legends Man Man, features an arresting reconstruction of the band's visionary sound stripped to it's core and rebuilt as something new and compelling yet still very much Man Man. An intensive collaboration between the band's frontman, Honus Honus, and drummer Pow Pow, who has assumed a new-found prominence in the songwriting process, on Oni Pond brings an exhilarating array of new rhythmic ideas to the mix. The compositions were further honed by the band members along with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) into a compelling mash-up of Fear of Music era Talking Heads, Classic Soul, Psychedelia, Hip-Hop, and 50's Rock and Roll. With it's imaginative yet spare rhythms, huge hooks, and overriding sense of urgency, on Oni Pond melds these seemingly disparate influences into an unexpectedly lush, melodic album, exquisitely consolidated by the band's unique and affecting vision.