Self defining his output as “lo-fi loser-pop”, German project Fatas Mandalas writes under the influence of rackety and unpolished garage-pop. From within its lounging hooks and jangling progressions that nuzzle within off-beat recording fuzz, something much more intimate and solitary discloses itself in music traditionally, and unrightfully, deemed riotous and “dumb”. The Moonshine EP lingers within direct reaction of heartbreak – in particular crafting daydreams of being less lonely and the literal realism of being left alone.
“Moonshine” may define the blurry intoxication of the EP’s sound and initially appear lucent and lackadaisical, yet once the scene is set and everything comes into focus it isn’t so harmonious. An image plays of laying amongst the clutter of your room in your parents house, fixated on the summer past, a grim reflection of a love lost the season before – Nico’s drawl enters with a voice that appears matured by such events and naive by all accounts at once. Yet Fatas Mandalas is at its best when recollecting almost tangible memories of quaint meetings previous, arranged over its charming rhythms Nico mainly exorcises all manner of emotions that feed from his emptiness, but with “Without You” and “Got Nothing To Do” he finds comfort in the warmth of such fleeting moments and as a whole verse, instruments and context glow with solidarity.
Collecting reservation, tiredness and low feeling is a complex task to prove unforced – Fatas Mandalas does so with distinct understanding. ‘Moonshine’ is a warm, comforting hand for when feeling isolated and forlorn.