The Mammals can hear the Earth calling, and they’re asking us to listen. Why is the societal pain and political-environmental challenge in this album actually so listenable? Our ears can hear it because it’s been composed with great care by two of folk-Americana’s most heartfelt topical songwriters and lovingly performed by an ensemble of nine musicians.
The Mammals are a warm-blooded party band with a conscience, equally inspired by their folk predecessors and Americana peers. One wintry week in New York’s Hudson Valley, they descended upon the studio with an abundance of emotionally potent songs and an expansive nine-piece ensemble to create an album worthy of their nearly 20-year history: Nonet.
At the creative heart of Nonet are songwriting multi-instrumentalists and founding members Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar Merenda. While they generally tour as a quintet they chose a “more the merrier” approach to this session, inviting both veteran bandmates (Jacob Silver, Ken Maiuri, Konrad Meissner, and Charlie Rose) and recent collaborators (Will Bryant, Brandon Morrison, and Lee Falco). Everyone’s invited to plant their roots, hoist their antenna, and tune in to The Mammals.
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