DARKO: Bonsai Mammoth: LP/CD

This is the second release I received to review for this issue where there is a heavy reliance on technically astute musicianship to provide the core of its output. However, unlike the other album, I find myself totally in tune with what this English band is doing. Here, rather than drowning songs in what seems almost like a vain display of the musicians’ ability, Darko’s songs are full of flourishes that enhance my enjoyment. This is very much in the vein of fellow Brits The Human Project, where songs are energetically driven along by a desire to flex ones’ fingers up and down a fretboard. The other plus is that many of the songs hit the mark early on and choruses and melodies stick with ease. Bonsai Mammoth is an easy album to get into. This is out on many labels, but mine came from Lockjaw. –Rich Cocksedge (Lockjaw, [email protected], lockjawrecords.co.uk)