The Death Of Robert? What? My uncle is called Robert. I hesitantly clicked the email half-expecting an emotional plea for a hundred thousand pounds. Either that or his head would be posted first-class in the mail by his abductors. In shock and shaking like a leaf, I slowly scrolled down to see a link at the bottom of the message. This is it; this is the video that will destroy a family. Waiting in anticipation for the pre-recorded film to commence, I opened my bank account to see a measly pound staring back. I was contemplating getting a loan, then all of a sudden, the Baroque pop sound of Mango by The Death Of Robert appeared out of nowhere. Hooray!
Thankfully, no one was hurt. I did feel slightly queasy, but the sweet tones of Mango cured my nausea. That’s probably the wrong phrase to use to describe this song. Yes, it’s sultry and emotional, but for all the wrong reasons. A passionate tale of a personal relationship flows through the track: “And by the time I get fulfilment, you’re getting avidly resilient. And then exhausted laying on me, I hang your name amongst my trophies. And by the time I get frustrated, you’re getting slowly intoxicated. And then I sharp my snake tongue wisely, and give you back that fruit you gave me”. That back and forth is prevalent throughout the song.
Expect swaying instruments, thought-provoking lyrics, and one hell of a tune. Mango will transport you back in time to relive the good and bad experiences of an unstable relationship. You’ll remember all the warm cuddles, the arguments, the terrible decisions. This song might have a chirpy pop, alt-rock sound, but the undertone is slightly sinister.
Taken off their debut album, Casablanca (out on the 15th May), you can listen to Mango now on Independent Music News. Enjoy.