WORLD PREMIERE: Mahogany – “Keystone Sonata, Arrangement VII”: SXSW 2012 Showcasing Artist

“SXSW is proud to present the first piece of new music from SXSW Alumni artist Mahogany since their 2006 Connectivity! LP. “Keystone Sonata,” from their Electric Prisms EP, (due out in May on BLVD Records) is both a breathless paean and a lush, layered romance of the rails.

Mahogany’s Andrew Prinz says it best: “In sweeping views, intricate vignettes, and rushes of detail, pattern and fauna, a girl on a sweetly melancholy journey experiences her first kiss, visits new cities, and envisions her role in a vibrantly burgeoning ‘railvolution.’”

The video was created by Prinz and Jaclyn Slimm of Mahogany themselves, filmed on location in Philadelphia, Montreal, New York, Chicago, Ohio, and points beyond and between. Be sure to catch the band at their official showcase on Wednesday, March 14th at Karma Lounge.”

The LP Questionnaire/Pick Three via SXSW.com

Check out our interview with SXSW.com as seen here.

“Mahogany seems to be a new wave enigma, an artistic musical collective.

From their bio… “Mahogany uses film, video, animation, cinema, graphic design, photography, typography and other realization and rendering techniques for a cumulative effect known as the ‘Hypercube’ – a multidimensional expression of elegiac saudade, benign monolithic dynamism, and jubilant, sensuous organic order.”

The lovely Jaclyn, a ballerina who makes her own sushi and the handsome Andrew weighed in with their take on the LPQ (along with a bonus Pick Three from Jaclyn).

Please to enjoy…

The LP Questionnaire
Name: Andrew
Do you have any nicknames? Scandrew

1. Pretend you’re 15. Name three songs you’d put on a mix tape for your girlfriend/boyfriend.
“I Beg Your Pardon” Konkan
“Electric Blue” Icehouse
“I Touch Roses” Book of Love

2. Which evil villain would make the best President? Boba Fett

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a child? Robotech

4. What superpower do you wish you had? Disappearing into thin air.

5. What would the title of your autobiography be? Streets I Have Known and Loved

Name: Jaclyn
Do you have any nicknames? Sprüngli

1. Pretend you’re 15. Name three songs you’d put on a mix tape for your girlfriend/boyfriend.
“Obstacle 1″ Interpol
“Ignition” R. Kelly
“Hot in Herre” Nelly

2. Which evil villain would make the best President? Severus Snape

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a child? Doug

4. What superpower do you wish you had? Floating

5. What would the title of your autobiography be? Squirrel Fox

Pick Three
The Jesus and Mary Chain: Duh! Everyone wants to see them. I really want to see them because of this interview Andrew showed me a few years ago. “My favorite color is gold.” Genius.

Bruce Springsteen: A true inspiration musically. I’m a fan of his favorites, but I also appreciate the history behind his struggles and how family has played a major part of his career. Bruce is from my home state too ;-)

Jimmy Cliff: Andrew owns the soundtrack to The Harder They Come on vinyl and it helped us get through the winter last year in Philadelphia! Great tunes to get me hyper. The lyrics of his songs keep me sane and happy.

Mahogany plays Wednesday night, March 14 at midnight at Karma Lounge.”

L Park

Mahogany Reviewed by Tiny Mix Tapes

As seen on Tiny Mix Tapes here.

“Philadelphia “massed guitar” ensemble Mahogany have been away for about six years since the release of Connectivity! in 2006. When I reviewed the last proper Stereolab full-length, Chemical Chords, I made a comment about other bands (Mahogany, to be very specific) outdoing them at their own game. Although one might be tempted to call a six-year absence resting on laurels, Mahogany’s first new song from the forthcoming Electric Prisms EP reaches farther out than anything resembling Stereolab. “Keystone Sonata Arrangement VII” does away with the submerged female vocals and replaces them with a prominent male voice (Mahogany’s Andrew Prinz perhaps?). The percussion rides what sounds like an ice bell for the duration of the piece, hitting a warm Appleseed Cast circa Low Level Owl place in my heart, while strings pan back and forth in the stereo field. Someone catch me; I think I just fainted.”

Joe Davenport