Mahogany Frog: Senna
  • Production
  • Composition
  • Musicianship
  • Originality
  • Intriguingly Successful Genre Blend

Hello. I’d like to introduce you all to instrumental Canadian band Mahogany Frog and their new album Senna, which I have recently had the pleasure of hearing for the first time. Of all their albums, Senna is both the sixth-est and the most recent-est. It also happens to be quite enjoyable.

Senna draws from a wide range of musicals sources, such as 70’s prog, psychedelic rock, post rock, electronic, and krautrock. It combines all of these elements into song structures that are at times moody, atmospheric, exploratory, dense, even groovy at times, and sometimes all of the above. There’s also a sense of film score in the way the music builds and ebbs and evokes different moods.

Each song is fleshed out with a variety of sound layers, with the synths and guitars playing the major roles, creating a rich sense of depth that really seems to envelop the listener. Bass and drums provide a solid and often groovin’ rhythm structure. The sound space is then further filled with electronic noise, field recordings, feedback, and other subtleties that invite the listener back to explore over multiple listens in search of new discoveries.

I particularly enjoyed the album opener, Houndstooth Part 1. It began so simply and then began gradually adding new layers, as if one were listening in on the song being composed line by line. When the soaring (and very Steven Wilson-esque) slide guitar solo came in, I felt my soul soar with it, and I knew I was in for an enjoyable musical journey. I turned off the lights, closed my eyes, and just sat back to absorb the sound. I scarcely noticed the passage of time as I eagerly devoured each chord progression.

If you like rich, deep musical compositions that explore different moods and atmospheres, then I think you and this album should become better acquainted. It may take a few listens before it reveals all of its secrets, but it is well worth the effort. It also wouldn’t hurt to crank up the volume, dim the lights, close your eyes, and relax.