White Mansion “Human” ALBUM REVIEW White Mansion “Human” ALBUM REVIEW
WHITE MANSIONHUMAN8/10 The world needs more bands like White Mansion. I’m not sure there’s any current act doing what White Mansion is doing right... White Mansion “Human” ALBUM REVIEW

WHITE MANSION
HUMAN
8/10

The world needs more bands like White Mansion.

I’m not sure there’s any current act doing what White Mansion is doing right now and if they are, I doubt they’re doing it as well.

The Fayetteville dark new wave group just released its brilliant debut LP titled “HUMAN” and it’s about as innovative and refreshing as anything I’ve heard in a while.

The band has crafted a very clever, distinct sound that takes brooding, moody vocals with an almost hypnotic, addictive synth-based sound and has it backed by a powerful rhythm section. Think Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, blended with Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and post Bends-era Radiohead.

That may be an unfair (or easy) assessment of the band, but that’s the clearest way to exemplify the band’s range. And it’s probably the best way to describe their sound. It’s a sound that rests comfortably in the 80s-era new wave sound, but is still remarkably fresh and modern sounding.

They’re also excellent craftsmen and let their songwriting talent really shine through on “Human.”

After three or four full listens it’s hard for to pinpoint a favorite track, but I’m quite fond of “Human,” “Clear Your Head,” “Amos,” and “Idol Changes.”

The record is well written with churning bass lines, entrancing keys and guitars, a pounding back line and dark and mysterious vocals.

“Human” touches on a variety of topics lyrically, from fear and isolation, to love and a struggle to finding a place in the world.

But whatever worldly fears White Mansion may have, they don’t let it impact the power they possess with their music.

They’re a commanding force that is deserving of your attention as a listener.

“Human” is a glorious first attempt for a band with a lot to say. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we have.

Justin Bates

Justin co-founded FayetteSound in 2016 and ShindigMusic! in the summer of 2017. He is a Pearl Jam enthusiast and avid collector of music from all genres in all formats, with a particular preference for vinyl. He's the spouse of artist Stacy, of Stacy Bee Art fame.