Zen Mantra is the new musical project of Christchurch resident Sam Perry (Psych Tigers, Beach Arab) – and Muzai Records are releasing the album How Many Padmes Hum on October 26th both digitally and in a strictly limited CD edition.
Muzai Records have this to say about the record:
In an era where bedroom producers are more turning their efforts towards electronic music, Perry’s heart still lays underneath the six strings of his guitar – crafting his favourite aspects of 60s surf and pop music, filtering them through the glasses of a musician in the 21st century.
How Many Padmes Hum? is the end result of that long, hard grafting in search of the sound he long sought after. With earlier projects ceasing to dedicate all his efforts into this one particular outlet, Perry has finally created something he considers a “defining moment” in is song writing.
In execution, it’s hard to argue – very much on a similar wavelength as many “chillwave” acts, it marks itself away from such a scene with it’s earnest, pop-skewed hooks; at points more akin to Cool Britannia than contemporary alternative music.
Cheese on Toast is very excited to present the EXCLUSIVE premiere stream of the album for you here.
Check out the video for Soothsayter as well; and the album cover art underneath that …