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Connan Mockasin
Caramel - MEXICAN SUMMER
FILTER Grade: 83%

By Adam Valeiras on November 18, 2013

 

Connan Mockasin

Caramel begins with slowed, deep groans atop an ethereal backdrop of synth and that classic Mockasin guitar—so thin, so sultry. With the title “Nothing Lasts Forever,” he’s found the perfect opening track for an album steeped in the pleading depression of a hopeless love. He’s given up before it’s even begun. And then it begins. In the perfectly described genre of neo-psychedelia, Caramel ushers along an initial stream of befuddling jams with album standouts “I’m the Man, That Will Find You” and, amidst the subtle sobs of a significant other, “Why Are You Crying.” Then there’s a block of five unnerving snippets of songs, seamlessly composed, all titled “It’s Your Body.” Don’t give up and the dreamy, circling guitar will wrap you in. It’s a love odyssey, it’s psychedelic free-jazz, it’s whatever Mockasin wants it to be. Above all, it’s Caramel. Connan, I wanna roll with you, too. 

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