Be prepared to fall in love with a song; are you ready? Melbourne dream-pop rockers Mantell's latest offering, 'St. Louis', oozes sweet, sweet indie pop drenched in psych-rock reverb and deep-fried in nostalgia feels.
Give it a few spins and you'll soon hear (second album) MGMT-meets-Sticky Fingers vibes. Or sprinklings of Methyl Ethel's guitar charm mixed with the surf-rock cheekiness of Lime Cordiale.
"We purposely left the song's lyrics ambiguous," the band says, "they can be interpreted to be about a person or a place.
"But the overarching theme is that feeling of nostalgia and yearning you get for a place or person that made you feel at home.
"For many people, this can often be a person or place that doesn’t necessarily exist, but is imagined to escape the situations and surroundings they find themselves in."
Ahead of the song's commercial release on Friday (14 February), scenestr is thrilled to offer you the first chance to exclusively stream 'St Louis' today.
Recorded in Melbourne at the band's own studio – West End Studios – with drummer Connor Tuan on engineering duties and David Turner (Delta Riggs, Dan Sultan) on mixing and mastering, 'St. Louis' came to fruition with a new approach in the studio. "We tried something new with the recording process," the bands says.
"We decided not to lock any parts down until we were ready to press the record button allowing the music to be spontaneous and creative.
"In the past we've found ourselves sticking with the first idea that arises, but this time we allowed ourselves to take things all the way to the end.
"There were a stack of ideas which didn't make the final cut, as well as things that started out one way and made it into the recording as something different altogether. Without hesitation this allowed the ideas to flow and everything felt genuine and raw."
Mantell 2020 Tour Dates
Thu 20 Feb - The Tote (Melbourne)
Fri 21 Feb - Yah Yah's (Melbourne)
Fri 20 Mar - The Factory Theatre (Sydney)
Sat 21 Mar - Yulli's Brews (Sydney)