"Satan Made a Mansion" by Coma Cinema // Posthumous Release (Out 6.11.13 via Fork and Spoon Records)
Just as I was praising the excellent new Elvis Depressedly single, Mat Cothran goes and drops another new track for his other band, Coma Cinema, and out does himself all over again. Clearly, it’s been a busy year for the talented artist, what with two full lengths from two separate projects set to release within two months of one another. Luckily for the fans, Cothran is not the kind of artist who’s content to just repeat himself. Previous Coma Cinema releases have a ragged, lo-fi beauty that sways from heartbreaking confessionals to hazy, acoustic bloodletting that doesn’t try to hide it’s narcotic inspirations. There’s a darkness in those songs, and that’s by no means a bad thing. Cothran has become something of an expert at working on his demons through song and I’m sure the new Coma Cinema album will be no exception, but if “Satan Made a Mansion” is any indication, the presentation might be evolving. Instead of a somber, lo-fi, acoustic based track with some synth flourishes to flesh out the sound, here we have something that borders on a rollicking beat, complete with a driving guitar line, lovely harmonies and an Elliott Smith-like vocal delivery (somber in tone, but oddly upbeat in energy). It’s exciting as all hell to hear an artist working, growing, evolving in such a short amount of time. The truly exciting thing is that it feels like Cothran is just scratching the surface of all of the beauty that he’s capable of producing. Here’s hoping that he has a wonderfully exciting year ahead of him following the release of these two albums. Highest recommendation.