The Mantra Above The Spotless Moon (The Mantra ATSMM) – “Ghost Dance” (2011)


Label : Rare Noise Records

Review by Luisa Mercier

After a successful EP and a beautiful debut album, the Italian post-rock band from Naples is back with another fascinating record. “Ghost Dance” delivers us eleven tracks that show an evolution towards more ethereal soundscapes. Less rock, more keyboards, synth, thick moods, closer to acts like Sigur Ros or soundtrack music. “Heads or Tails” is an example with its piano ending while “Death Baby Chicco” toys with electronic music and distortions. “The Wolf” has some apparent psychedelic influences coming from Pink Floyd, “Trieste” is a rocking, melodic piece where blues makes its appearance. So I guess you must have understood that The Mantra ATSMM has a lot to offer: progressive, post-rock, shoegaze, electronic music, beats. My personal favourite is “Harlequin”: dreamy, soft, it is like a trip. I think that the title really captures the essence of the album: light, melancholic, nostlagic, ethereal like a ghost wandering in a room.

Rating – 75/100



  1. ATSMM
  2. Heads or Trails
  3. Death Baby Chicco
  4. The Wolf
  5. Trieste
  6. Blue Army
  7. Harlequin
  8. Constellations
  9. Slow Motion
  10. Fast Forward
  11. Manao Tupapau


Line Up

  • Adriana Salomone – Vocals, piano & guitar
  • Maurizio Oliviero – Guitar
  • Davide Famularo – Bass & synth
  • Salvio Sibillo – Drums



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