The act of putting on a pair of dry, comfortable sweatpants is appreciated much more after coming in from out of the rain than if you were to have just rolled out of bed. Mamiffer takes hold of this same principle of relative appreciation with its sophomore effort, Mare Decendrii.
Mare Decendrii is a 21st-century orchestral triumph. Only five songs in length, the album runs together as if one flowing idea, playing strictly to the listener’s emotions. Though it sounds unstable at times, the long periods of dissonance allow for the simple, beautiful moments to stand out with a stronger impact.
Describing the five tracks on Mare Decendrii as songs will confuse any unacquainted listener. They run together into one enormous, epic movement of almost cinematic proportions. Any up-and-coming filmmakers who pass on the opportunity to have Mamiffer score their flicks should promptly reevaluate their decisions to make quality drama because this stuff can do it as well as any of the best film scores.
The piano-centered “Eating Our Bodies” is holistically the most accessible track on the record, sounding a lot like when the hero in your favorite movie takes a shot to the ribs and crumbles to the ground in slow motion. The drama in the track is amplified when coupled with its precursor, “Blanket Of Ash,” a dissonant five minutes of conflicting synthesized sound waves similar to a rehashing of Penderecki’s “Threnody For Strings.” The group appears to have taken a lot of inspiration from 20th-century orchestral masters. The atonal synthesizer and piano on “As Freedom Rings” would inspire Milton Babbit to climb out of his freshly covered grave to give the group some well-deserved applause.