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Mancunian Candidate

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Garden Party (2:36)
2. Secret Of A Saint (2:37)
3. The Water's Cold (3:53)
4. Listing Towards Starboard (Operation Bright Star) (3:10)
5. Anikusdominuscrappedonfactor (Operation Bright Star) (3:42)
6. Return To The Sun (Operation Bright Star) (3:12)
7. Circle Lies Unbroken (6:47)
8. Mongers Among Us (3:50)
9. Access Denied (Waltz 57) (2:48)
10. The Phoenix (Waltz 57) (4:53)
11. The Air Has Changed (Too Much to Lose) (5:59)
12. His Story Won't Be Told (Too Much to Lose) (3:55)
13. Fanfare For The Damned (Too Much to Lose) (4:27)
14. Leslie's Friends (Garden Party Reprise) (5:47)

Total Time 57:36


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Line-up / Musicians

- Matthew Swindells / drums, voices, keyboards, acoustic guitars
- Matthew Charles Heulitt / guitars
- Johnny Heyes / guitars
- Andy Shepley / bass
- Neil Fairclough / bass
- Ollie Collins / bass
- Jon Evans / bass
- Matt Bissonette / bass
- Jasper Wilkinson / mandolin

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CD Matthew Swindells (2017)

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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams
3 stars Another new world of melodic pop music. MANCUNIAN CANDIDATE were founded as a music commune by the frontman / drummer / vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Matthew SWINDELLS with such a massive intention to create progressive rock blended with pop / catchy attachment. I guess his musical background would have owed to 70s golden-standard pop / rock mainly, and he's created material sincerely with his motivation, regardless of current progressive worldly matters. Therefore their debut eponymous creation is filled with purely pop-atmospheric movements, not using cheap "so-called progressive (aka porg)" tricks or strategies. So-called progressive rock fans cannot accept such an unblended element I'm afraid, but let me say that his / their sound vision might be approved enough in contemporary pop / rock scene.

Their sound is not so complicated enough for the audience in progressive rock world but delightful and brilliant. It's quite mysterious even complex, multi-rhythmic vibes with Neo-symphonic keyboard-oriented hints like "Anikusdominuscrappedonfactor" can be accepted straightly (and this is one of my faves honest to say :P). Matthew's plain voices along easy-listening melody lines remind me also of alternative rock around 2000 and this should be one of the reasons why we, middle-aged rock fan, can be immersed in his / their soundscape. This creation features 14 not-too-long tracks flooded with enjoyable instrumental plays and comfort, both of which were moistened with his / their pure emotion, intention for rock. Not enough progressive essence nor complicated, mysterious sensation in this stuff but I do hope everyone can bring in a verdict of favour for Mancunians.

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