This is an EP that showcases a band that are flying high. Whether on natural substances or synthetic is irrelevant, the songs on Mandarin Time manage to transfer a body high to listeners, enabling them to get a glimpse of the view that The Good Sports are experiencing.
This is music best for watching the world go by. With that in mind though, as passive as shoegaze can be, I’ll be damned if I didn’t feel more motivated to go do something after a good listen. It’s slow music, but it’s far from being idle.
Doctopus put out a brand of music not too unlike fellow scorched-rock purists Wireheads and Bad//Dreems – the key differences being the rapid pace of their songs and the rancour-drenched howls of lead vocalist Stephen Bellair; each creating a point of difference for their personal brand of squall.