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Mini Mansions Releases Diverse EP That Works Every Time

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Mini Mansion’s cover of their song Midnight in Tokyo

Mini Mansion’s cover of their song Midnight in Tokyo

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Mini Mansion’s cover of their song Midnight in Tokyo

Sam Klemme, Quintessence Editor-in-Chief

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Mini Mansions, an indie rock band based in LA, released an EP titled “Works Every Time.” The album steps into new ground after a 3 year hiatus.

Each individual member is extremely active, just not with each other. Each of the members perform with various other major bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, and The Last Shadow Puppets. These other engagements give little time for the band to get together and record, but when they do, they create solid music.

The general style of this EP is a mixture of classic rock with a mix of more current synth work. The overall vibe of the album is hard to pin down. Each song is different in its own way which is pretty impressive considering it’s an EP of four songs. They all work in their own way unique of each other.

Each song, however, has strengths and weaknesses. One such strength is that every song starts off with a beat that doesn’t fail to draw me in. Even after multiple playthroughs, I never got sick of the intros. They establish the style and mood of a song right off the bat with a catchy and moving beat.

My biggest issue is that there was a tendency to fall into somewhat generic lyrics and structure. While this album has its own style, it tells a similar story to that of any other romance album. This lack of lexical originality is mainly a comparison to their other albums which surprised me after giving them a listen.

“Works Every Time” is an excellent introduction to Mini Mansions for anyone looking for new music. I know that I will still continue to follow this band from this point on.

Sam Klemme

Sam joined the Flightline in January of 2017. He is a senior this year, involved in choir, theater and cross country. Outside of school, he sings to himself and sits in his basement. You can email him at [email protected]

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