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Mandala

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
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"Blue Darkening Music Video"

The music video for “Blue Darkening” tells the story of a couple in love. When you’re in a relationship, there are always little, intricate touches that belong to you and your loved one alone. The interactions between Mandala‘s Cameron McLain and his girlfriend contains intense strokes of impressionist storytelling and symbolic imagery, all within a beautifully shot piece of nature.

Mandala’s debut record, The Visitation, will be released on October 18th via The Odes. It’ll be followed by a U.S. and European trek. Tour dates are forthcoming.

Directed by: Michael Wood and Jennifer Suhr - Consequences of Sound


"Music Video of the Week"

he UK indie folk scene has scared up some pretty serious acts in the past couple years, chief among them Mumford & Sons, which has a tenuous connection with Mandala’s Cameron McClain. Seems McClain went to high school with Winston from M&S as well as members of Noah & the Whale and Cherbourg.

McClain studied religion and philosophy at Princeton but also took lessons from poet Paul Muldoon and music professor Paul Lansky, whose works have been sampled by Radiohead so he must be cool, right?

Mandala’s debut doesn’t come out until October but there are already tantalizing bits of their music online via the band’s official Youtube channel, culminating this week with an official music video for the song “Blue Darkening” that’s a nice bit of film noir in and of itself. Sonically on this one, McClain sounds like Billy Bragg singing over a David Sylvian track, though when the full orchestration kicks in about halfway through it comes out more in Triffids’ territory.
- Music that Matters


"Mandala Release New Music Video"

The music video for “Blue Darkening” tells the story of a couple in love. When you’re in a relationship, there are always little, intricate touches that belong to you and your loved one alone. The interactions between Mandala‘s Cameron McLain and his girlfriend contains intense strokes of impressionist storytelling and symbolic imagery, all within a beautifully shot piece of nature. - Mapanare


"Artist Spotlight - Mandala's Cameron McLain"

Introduction to Mandala
- Project Rhythm Seed


Discography

The Grace and the Grit EP (August 2010)

- streaming on LastFm and Pandora Radio.

The Visitation (to be released October 2011).

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Mandala, the moniker of the musical project started by London’s Cameron McLain, are set to release their debut record The Visitation in October via The Odes records. The Visitation is a unique musical statement, which manages to draw on different musical styles while creating a unified musical world where humor, tragedy, and sensuality are all equally present. Cameron’s warm and soulful voice narrates this world and carries us through it by the hand. The Visitation will be followed by an extensive US and European tour. Tour dates to be announced.

Cameron McLain grew up in London, going to highschool alongside many now-famous UK folk musicians, including Winston from Mumford & Sons, Charlie Fink and Tom Hobden of Noah & The Whale, and even had a band with Andrew Davie of Cherbourg. Cameron was around at the beginning stages of this now world-famous UK folk scene, performing at some of the early country nights at The Bosun’s Locker.

But, instead of pursuing the musician’s life, at the age of 18 Cameron felt another calling, and packed his bags to cross the ocean to study Religion and Philosophy at Princeton University. He wrote an award winning thesis that explored the connection between Mahayana Buddhism and the work of Nathaniel Dorsky, Jack Kerouac and John Cage. During his time at Princeton, Cameron would come to study the art of songwriting with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon and composition with Paul Lansky, a famous music professor whose musical works have been sampled by Radiohead. Cameron was a regular attendee of a community music night (The Beginning and the End) hosted by his friend Nicole Velasco and it was at these weekly late night communions that his songwriting really began to take shape. “The whole experience at Princeton, certain things going on in my life at the time, and everything I was reading left me feeling a bit isolated. I became very interested in Buddhism. To be honest, I was just confused and needed to put it down on paper. I wasn’t performing, just writing a lot of songs and poems, and not really expecting anyone to hear them.” Cameron, who has always composed music and written songs for others, one night, found himself an unexpected performer. "Nicole got me to sing something one night at The Beginning and the End and it all kind of began from there.” In August 2010, Cameron recorded a live EP, The Grace and the Grit, with his friends from the Princeton Jazz Ensemble.

Following graduation he returned home to London and spent his days studying composition and writing songs: “I had all these things I wanted to say about the world and I felt that they were best said through words and music so I tried to learn as much as I could about both. I just needed some time to sit down and let it all take shape.” In the fall of 2011 Cameron returned to New York where he met Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields, Soko) out at a gig one night. Becoming quick friends they spent the winter months holed up in Charles’ studio tweaking arrangements, adding harmonies and instruments over Cameron’s songs, which then grew into his debut album, The Visitation

For the live show Cameron is joined by the gifted Martin Nevin and Sean Mullens who both recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. Together they bring The Visitation to the live stage and form Mandala.