Manuok / Manuok
Album: Manuok   Collection:General
Artist:Manuok   Added:Apr 2005
Label:Loud and Clear Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-05-29 Pull Date: 2005-07-31
Week Ending: Jun 19 Jun 12 Jun 5
Airplays: 2 1 6

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 16, 2005: One Tall Canadian
4. Jun 03, 2005: Distraction-Limited
2. Jun 15, 2005: Epic Soundtracks
Maria Oden
5. Jun 02, 2005: One Tall Canadian, One Short American
Flowers for Algernon
3. Jun 09, 2005: Megatron Marathon
6. Jun 02, 2005: Megatron Marathon
Happy Cause

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-05-18
Manuok (Man you okay?) is dark indie pop from San Diegan Scott Mercado, who runs in the same circles as other notable San Diego acts such as The Black Heart Procession, The Album Leaf, and the Dropscience. In fact The Black Heart Procession is probably a common and understandable comparison that gets made. While this is in that vein it's not quite as good at capturing the sustained melancholy/melodrama that BHP does so well. Not that it's trying to. There are lots of non-sad tracks here (and the ones that are aren't that weighty). There's also lots of samples, loops, and distortion making up these arrangements, and the combinations sometimes work and sometimes just seem frivolous. (The promo sticker says "notwist meets bright eyes". Can't quite put that together for myself. And where's the positive promo in that anyway?) FCC clean.

1. Brief mournful/foreboding instrumental.
2. Looped drums, squeaky acoustic guitar, dueling vocal tracks and a little bit of bossa nova feel.
3. Distorted beats into overwrought acoustic part into slow instrumental. End with
"Radiohead" computer voices.
4. Upbeat. Vox sort of fuzzy and too slow to work quite right over instruments.
**5. Various loops into piano w/ some violin. Ends abruptly.
6. 3 distinct parts; begins sort of dirgy and ends sweet and poppy.
7. Can hear wine glasses over the piano. The chorus is the highlight.
8. Some narrative story in the background. Pretty instrumental without quirks.
**9. Piano based but still beat heavy. Nice echo-y voxs with ghostly feel.
10. Floating, soft closer.

Track Listing
1. Torrance   6. Flowers for Algernon
2. Nometoucherpas   7. Lie to Me
3. Randb   8. Maria Oden
4. Titless   9. Happy Cause
5. Aheadwithnobody   10. All Said and Done