First Listen: Mamas Gun returns with tasty two-sided single

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    (January 14, 2022) If you’ve been a SoulTracker for awhile, you know that we are crazy mad for Mamas Gun. The UK-based quintet has been one of the most underrated acts of the last decade, consistently combining crisp songwriting – and a sense of humor – with their 70s pop/soul vibe.

    We last heard from them three years ago on their excellent Golden Days album, and now they’re returning with a new disc, Cure The Jones, that arrives April 1, and a two-sided single today to give us a sneak peek.

    "Party For One" is a funky ballad that is reminiscent of early AWB, with a fat bass acting as a foundation for Andy Platts’ falsetto lead. The group tells us that the songreflects on the feeling of mourning the company of strangers and missing the anonymous togetherness that we feel when interaction with the world at large is on hold."

    (January 14, 2022) If you’ve been a SoulTracker for awhile, you know that we are crazy mad for Mamas Gun. The UK-based quintet has been one of the most underrated acts of the last decade, consistently combining crisp songwriting – and a sense of humor – with their 70s pop/soul vibe.

    We last heard from them three years ago on their excellent Golden Days album, and now they’re returning with a new disc, Cure The Jones, that arrives April 1, and a two-sided single today to give us a sneak peek.

    "Party For One" is a funky ballad that is reminiscent of early AWB, with a fat bass acting as a foundation for Andy Platts’ falsetto lead. The group tells us that the songreflects on the feeling of mourning the company of strangers and missing the anonymous togetherness that we feel when interaction with the world at large is on hold."

    The flip side also hits a note for us. Inspired and is a tribute to the late, great Bill Withers – it was written on the day he died - “Looking For Moses,” has the sonic feel of Withers' classic “Use Me.” Platts says it was the first song they wrote for the new album, and that, “this song speaks of standing united and staying the course, and the reality of simply getting by and getting through life in more difficult times.”

    It is great to welcome Mamas Gun back to SoulTracks, and this two-sided single makes us anticipate their upcoming album even more. Check it out below.

    By Chris Rizik

     
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