Watching the growth of Christopher Browder’s Mansions over the years has been interesting to say the least. Recalling the days of Myspace, Mansions were a band that were quick to make my top eight and with the release of their 2009 Mike Sapone produced effort New Best Friends, they quickly solidified their place in my teenage list.
Fast forward to 2011’s Dig Up The Dead, which saw Browder embrace the idea of making Mansions less of a solo project and developed his project into more of a band. This growth helped build bigger, harder hitting choruses and with the long awaited Doom Loop, it feels like Browder is digging further into this sound.
‘Climbers’ wastes no time opening up the album with an intense dynamic that serves as a perfect introduction to such an abrasive album. The pure passion in Browder’s vocals during the chorus showcases a new side to the band that has only been flirted with in the past which helps the chorus melodies to soar to higher places.
Harking back to his singer-songwriter days ‘Two Suits’ starts out as quite a quiet number before building up into a blisteringly aggressive sound. It’s on this track that the addition of bassist Robin Dove really comes through, with her vocals perfectly complimenting Browder’s unique southern twang towards the end on the line “you never call or write and that’s a big surprise, how do you sleep at night, it’s 80 fucking dollars”.
The coarse energy of this record is really released in ‘The Economist’ which utilises venomous lyrics and sharp wit. ‘100 Degrees’ feels as if it could be sandwiched comfortably on a Katy Perry record, the song showcasing Browder’s deeply ingrained fuzzy-pop aesthetic and making for a perfect nostalgic summer anthem.
With Doom Loop, Mansions have perfectly executed the balance between bubblegum pop and noise rock, as they always have done.