The Manatees deliver a sonic punch with their latest release, ‘Buttercup’, a tantalising preview of their forthcoming EP, ‘Different State Of Mind‘. Produced by Tarek Musa, the track pulsates with high-octane guitar energy, weaving intricate riffs and hypnotic drum beats electrified by transfixing reverb. The band’s sound, drawing comparisons to MGMT and The Strokes, showcases a fusion of alt.melodic elements, from hip hop samples to funk-driven basslines.
Accompanied by a visually striking music video directed by Ethan Porter, ‘Buttercup’ explores the exhausting nature of love. Lead singer Jay Harris reflects on vulnerability, addiction, and the intricacies that deepen within relationships. The monochromatic pandemonium of the video mirrors the controlled chaos of the track itself, capturing each band member in intervals of sensory madness.
Hailing from a small town on the south coast of England and now based in London, The Manatees, consisting of Jay, Tyler, and Miller, bring a refreshing blend of pop delight with depth. Their previous EP, ‘Dream In Colour‘, addressed the anxieties of growing up, earning them acclaim and recognition, including a Jack Saunders Next Wave interview on Radio One and support from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music.
With ‘Buttercup’, The Manatees prove once again that their genre-hopping essence is not just hyper-popping but also rich in substance, setting the stage for an eagerly anticipated ‘Different State Of Mind‘ EP release on February 23, 2024.