Mantarochen – In The Badgers Cave

I’ve been listening to “In The Badger’s Cave”, the new EP from Leipzig’s Mantarochen for a few days now, and honestly, I can’t get enough. I don’t know if it’s my particular frame of mind at the moment or my tastes shifting, but this is really hitting a sweet spot.

The sound is Post Punk / Cold Wave, blending genres handily. It’s as easy to draw Siouxsie comparisons, as it is Bauhaus and Berlin. There’s a decidedly 80s vibe to the entire thing and as much as I’m a sucker for nostalgia, this EP stands on its own in a new era. 

Industrial noise and low-fi synth oscillations and arpeggios punctuate underwater guitar and pulsing bass. Lilting dreamy vocals flit in and out between the ever-so-slightly dissonant melody. 

The new EP is out on May 31, 2024 on It’s Eleven Records. Please check it out.

While you wait for the EP, checkout this video for Grey:


Jerry Actually

1. Reflection
2. I’m Sand
3. Jaguar
4. Grey
5. Blue Heads
6. Still Black

Diana – Synth, Vocals
Sebi – Guitar
Tom – Bass