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Mechanism Quintet – A Distinctive Flavor That Sounds Like Little Else In Modern Music!

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Posted April 25, 2014 by Peter Burns in Indie

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Production
95%


Arrangement
100%


Songwriting
100%


Performance
0%


Appeal
95%


Total Score
78%


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Our Review

Mechanism Quintet is one of those little bands that seeps in under the pop radar, and are able to become a sensation based on pure talent. Running through the recorded show at Epic Studios you notice how the band produces music that blends delicate polished instrumentals and different genres, with splatters of world music, rock, […]

by Peter Burns
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Mechanism Quintet is one of those little bands that seeps in under the pop radar, and are able to become a sensation based on pure talent. Running through the recorded show at Epic Studios you notice how the band produces music that blends delicate polished instrumentals and different genres, with splatters of world music, rock, progressive, alternative, fusion and funk sounds woven together, and cemented in place by Kerin Knight’s powerful and lovely voice.

Mechanism Quintet has a pretty unique sound, and a pretty spectacular one, with a distinctive flavor that sounds like little else in modern music. In particular, Knight has a very solid voice with a full, wide range, which she sculpts into a flickering or roaring presence depending on where the songs need to be taken. And she has a knack for delivering the band’s evocative lyrics with a quirky edge.

The instrumentation from Mechanism Quintet is a gorgeous accompaniment; lots of rich, swirling instrumentals and twisting rhythms, which depend on Justin Illingworth’s strong bass guitar and Greg Morgan’s clockwork drumming. Dom Shillito’s keyboards wrap the songs in a cushion of satin and cashmere, while Chris Kidd adds a cutting edge to the lusciously plush sounds with his electric guitar.

From “Selling Dreams” and “Way Of The World” to “Life Is Amazing” and “Bomb Made Of Blood”, Mechanism Quintet show why they should be getting so much more attention. There is an intimacy and warmth, combined with great power, projected through their music. The songs themselves are of the highest quality, where creative arrangements move seamlessly between driving rhythms and allusive, captivating airiness.

The originality of the music, combined with its incredible rainbow-like layering, is what is most captivating about Mechanism Quintet. If you get excited when stumbling upon a group of artists who understand music, I mean really understand and respect the powerful possibilities of melody and accompaniment. Then you will find Mechanism Quintet to be a true revelation and a group of passionate music-makers.

About The Band

Mechanism Quintet was originally founded on principle to perform exclusively live at festivals, art-centers, observatories, and unique events without actually recording any studio work. However, that notion was soon trampled on due to significant beneficial changes in the music industry. The first album was eponymous; it was produced by Dave Otterburn using Pro-Toools HD and set the sonic standard for what was to follow. That 1st album contained fresh and expansive arrangements (even by today’s standards) tracks such as ‘Get On It’ – a powerful and anthemic debut and ‘Reprisal’ (a classic-rock/d&b fuelled instrumental) plus ‘Around The Mind’ a genre-busting journey of moods and ‘Mandarin Nightmare’. Those songs covered an enormous amount of musical terrain in terms of styles, rhythms, melodies, harmonies, dynamics, textures ect, and provided a platform for Mechanism to build on.

The 2nd album (Progress Not) was produced by Grant Hudson and Dom Shillito and was only made available to the public after the mk5 band had split up. However, the songs on that album clearly demonstrated that (unlike the title suggested) fantastic progress ‘had’ actually been made in band’s sound evolving. However, time moves on and the line-up is now at mk6 (Greg since mk2, Justin since mk3, Nick since mk4) and with Kerin on vocals each member is more focused and involved than ever before 😉 a fine family vibe is now deeply rooted and the current line-up has only been together since May 2013. 

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