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Mattress Food - Bitter Blue #Flyah Review


Playing drums in different projects for over ten years, songwriter Sami Rahman wanted to create something all his own. In 2014 he picked up a guitar and began to learn to play. Shortly after, the songwriting started and never let go. Focusing on the recording process for the past year, he finally released two EP’s this summer leading up to his newest release, the full length “Vulture”.  The album is a testament to where he is at with his sound right now.
With the release of the Vulture LP, Mattress Food brings a new feel to some classic genres. Lush with addicting atmosphere and vocal melodies, a punk rock attitude, and a persistent pop undertone, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie rock anthems. Although the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the album never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “Bitter Blue”, is an instant pop classic. Complete with a 60’s rock style, loads of musical hooks, and an intensity that grows, the song seems to breathe as it plays on.
“The song addresses a person who is very often kind of a volatile person to be around. I'm interested in the ways that certain people can be very loving and warm, but then the next second turn into a demon. So this song is basically telling that person ‘What's up with you tonight? Look how all the streetlights are on and the city's waiting, but you're still being a fuck’. It's an invitation to live your life without all the anxieties. I think the phrase ‘Bitter blue’ describes a feeling. Being bitter blue is essentially when you are angry and lashing out at something, but the base emotion isn't quite anger, but maybe sadness. To be angry about something, while also being vulnerable about that same thing.” explains songwriter Sami Rahman of his single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the album, to get a real understanding for where Mattress Food is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“Recording this album allowed me to make it a little more aggressive, and a bit bigger than anything I’ve done before. I think my songs are always quite melodic and hooky, and I love building a pop song to a grand, psychedelic catharsis, which is fully on display here.” says Rahman of the record and songwriting approach.
Playing drums in different projects for over ten years, songwriter Sami Rahman wanted to create something all his own. In 2014 he picked up a guitar and began to learn to play. Shortly after, the songwriting started and never let go. Focusing on the recording process for the past year, he finally released two EP’s this summer leading up to his newest release, the full length “Vulture”.  The album is a testament to where he is at with his sound right now.
Vulture is now available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets and the songwriter is currently working on putting a band together for live performances. 

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