10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Durban and now comfortably settled on America’s West Coast, Garrett van der Spek—as Prism Tats—pays homage to both homes on the album Mamba. Its rollicking rock ‘n’ roll undercurrent is palpable and soaked in psychedelic reverb, while a surprising time-signature change seems to loom with each new cut. The multi-instrumentalist sets a clear, mood-driven picture with his guitar and Omnichord (“Ocean Floor”), bass synthesizer (“Liar” and “Doomed”) and Farfisa synths (“Mamba”). And while exploring themes of loneliness and hopelessness, Mamba becomes a literal manifestation of a deep-rooted fear van der Spek carries, one which he attempts to work out lyrically and melodically over the course of these 10 complex tracks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Durban and now comfortably settled on America’s West Coast, Garrett van der Spek—as Prism Tats—pays homage to both homes on the album Mamba. Its rollicking rock ‘n’ roll undercurrent is palpable and soaked in psychedelic reverb, while a surprising time-signature change seems to loom with each new cut. The multi-instrumentalist sets a clear, mood-driven picture with his guitar and Omnichord (“Ocean Floor”), bass synthesizer (“Liar” and “Doomed”) and Farfisa synths (“Mamba”). And while exploring themes of loneliness and hopelessness, Mamba becomes a literal manifestation of a deep-rooted fear van der Spek carries, one which he attempts to work out lyrically and melodically over the course of these 10 complex tracks.

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