“Mombi (Mom-bee) is the Denver-based songwriting duo of Kael Smith and Matt Herron. The two grew up together in Colorado and have been playing music together for the last six years. Songs are written around Smith’s hypnotic guitar work and soft vocals, and fleshed out with Herron’s piano and keys”.
A superb mix of ambient electrolica and cosy Folk, `The Wounded Beat` portrays a picture of overwhelming calmness, the eight track long player summons wide open spaces and infinite social wilderness. I adore the promotional photo above, it seems to present an unsymmetrical structure laid bare giving the assumption of snow covered awe and silence. Mesmerizing guitar sounds that effortlessly glide across uncluttered samples and backdrop effects, Mombi really make beautiful records.
“Faris McReynolds, who also makes music as the minimalist avant-garde pop project One Finger Riot, takes a totally different songwriting approach as Exdetectives. McReynolds made the Exdetectives debut album Take My Forever (Feb. 14th, 2012, Post Planetary) in a quick two-week fit of recording and plays all of the instruments on the record himself, save for the drums, which he explains were played by Ted Scarlett (who also mixed the album), because “He nailed the ideas I showed him in fewer takes than I could.”
Although self produced this is everything but a lo-fi recording project, the huge layered guitar parts and ramped drum style are all given emotional intimacy. It`s nothing short of what you`d expect from Faris McReynolds and his natural attention to the fine details, he`s put aside a successful career in art and sold his paintings to purchase the tools to pursue a musical journey. A measured display, influences that pay homage to jangly 90`s BritPop – A few listens and you`re hooked.