Listen: Manatee Commune Releases "PDA" LP


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Back again but this time with the release of his third full length LP PDA. If you're new here, then welcome but you should know that I love Manatee Commune's sound. The crispness of the entire production and the absolute magical sound of it all. It is entirely too hard not to be happy when playing one of his songs. This album is no different. Having covered a few of the pre-album releases, I had an idea of what to expect: pure bliss.


Manatee Commune is based in Portland, Oregon and is a classically trained musician. His inspirations range from Sylvan Esso, Flume to Big Wild. He has had the honor of touring with big names in music as well. He has toured with the likes of ODESZA and Emancipator and has caught attention at major festivals including Bonnaroo and this upcoming Lightning in a Bottle(LIB). It is obvious that this producer has incredible talent and is a talent to be watching as he is on the rise.


PDA starts with 'Canon Hill (intro)' which is a delicate composition completely setting the mood for the album. The song slowly drifts through and lightly picks up the pace with gentleness still at the forefront. The track that follows is the album title track 'PDA.' An upbeat composition that elicits affection through sound. The delicacy in sound continues throughout the album and genuinely feels like a soft embrace. 'Famous ft. Cassandra Violet' is a masterpiece with some humor involved. The tune talks about wanting to be famous but also wanting to be hated. I couldn't help but laugh a bit at it. The tune overall holds true to emotion of the album, which I think is why I giggled. It is light on its feet, pure bliss about striving to be the best. Further into the album is 'Carried Away ft. Allie Crystal' which is about a relationship in limbo. Those moments of figuring out what two people are in a relationship, how serious is it, are feelings mutual? The tune falls into darker rhythms and then crescendos into an ethereal melody as the chorus hits. The album ends with an absolute orchestral experience with 'W/O ft. Alexander Lynch'. Definitely more melancholic compared to the rest of the album but the gracefulness of both the vocals and the production is astounding. The falsetto of Alexander Lynch is absolutely stunning paired with the elegance of the beat: jaw dropping. Manatee Commune has done it again, folks. I had nothing but high hopes for this album and expectations were absolutely blown out of the water. For those attending LIB, definitely catch his set at the Thunder stage. His new album can be streamed below along with his tour dates with Geographer.




Leaving the Garden State Tour Dates

5.16 - Wild Buffalo w/ ODESZA - Bellingham, WA

5.18 - Holocene - Portland, OR

5.20 - The Catalyst Club - Santa Cruz, CA

5.21 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA

5.22 - La Santa - Santa Ana, CA

5.23 - The Bunkhouse Saloon - Las Vegas, NV

5.30 - Rio Grande Concert Series - Salt Lake City, UT

5.31 - Lost Lake - Denver, CO

6.2 - Sleeping Village - Chicago, IL

6.4 - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA

6.5 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC

6.6 - Great Scott - Boston, MA

6.7 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

6.9 - High Watt - Nashville, TN

6.10 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

6.12 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX

6.13 - The Parish - Austin, TX

6.14 - Club Dada - Dallas, TX

6.17 - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ

6.19 - Moroccan Lounge - Los Angeles, CA

6.21 - The Independent- San Francisco, CA

6.29 - Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI

8.31/9.1 - Bumbershoot - Seattle, WA

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