Your Town is one of the most accurate and on point records lyrically this year. For me personally it drives the nail home and reminds me that time is limited, that things end and not always well. It’s a fearful record at times, but strong in facing and addressing those fears. It battles cognitive dissonance with audible dissonance in spectacular fashion. It’s a cry to the void, but one that doesn’t expect a call back.
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.