Thee Manatees – Slow Grind Fever/Old Fashioned Morphine 7″
Thee Manatees are a Cardiff 3 piece who have been steadily building their live reputation in recent years and this single release should bring them to the attention of a much wider audience. The first track “Slow Grind Fever” is an original although it sounds as though it could have been written decades ago. Described as ‘a rallying call for the sexually oppressed’ it shimmers, gyrates and seduces effortlessly. The 2nd track is a cover of Jolie Holland’s “Old Fashioned Morphine”. Like all the best cover versions the band have taken the original and given it a major overhaul. They have slowed it down and transformed it into a dark, brooding, sultry, late night bacchanalian delight. You can easily imagine hearing this on a David Lynch soundtrack as the camera drives at a snail’s pace through the suburban landscape. This release is highly recommended and a major step forward for Thee Manatees.
The vinyl release is available at Spillers (Cardiff), Andy’s Records (Aberystwyth) & Norman’s Records (Leeds).