Mamas Gun released sophomore album ‘The Life & Soul’ on June 6th on Candelion Records.Since releasing their debut album ‘Routes To Riches’ in late 2009, Mamas Gun have toured Europe and Japan where they achieved a number 3 sales slot in the Japanese Billboard charts.The new album has been produced by Grammy Award winning production team Martin Terefe and Andreas Olsson (Jason Mraz, Train, James Morrison, KT Tunstall and Jamie Cullum) earlier this year.
It is a revelation in that it borrows a myriad of identifiable influences and yet seems to inhabit a world all of its own.
Lead Singer and songwriter Platts, suggests that The Life & Soul has more of a rock edge and is more melody driven than its predecessor.
“Sonically, the first record was a collage of everything I had written up to that point”, he says. “And it took six months to record. This one we used the same set up for every song and recorded it all in one room. It took two months to write and five weeks to record.”
Love in all its (re)incarnations is an abiding theme on ‘The Life & Soul’: Only One, co-written by and featuring Beverley Knight, is about Knight’s brother and the girl he’d always wanted to be with; focus track On A String which recalls the bright-eyed soul of James and Bobby Purify’s I’m Your Puppet, is about serendipity or at least knowing that if you bumped into someone for a second time you’d be helpless to her whim;
We Make It Look So Easy is about finding the right one; and best of all is Sending You A Message which tells the story of his Grandparents, a doctor and nurse, who were separated during the Second World War and found themselves only able to communicate via telegram.
Elsewhere on ‘The Life & Soul’ the writing remains reassuringly enigmatic.