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In the 12 months since their last release, Rough Master, the members of Mauno have found that there’s a thin line in love between joy and anxiety.
From opener “Or Just”, a track “about being in a loving relationship but being unable to lose the feeling that it’s somehow unrequited,” to Niemi’s slinking “Other Bad” and its meditations on falling in and out love, Tuning treads that line like a tightrope.
This alchemy of crisp Faraquet-ish guitars, tumbling vocal melodies, and intense lyrical intimacy will come as no surprise to those who’ve followed the band this far.
Ever since forming in September 2014, Mauno (pronounced Mao-no, and ironically named after bassist / vocalist Eliza Niemi’s completely unmusical Finnish grandfather) has had a wandering sound that refuses to be pinned down.
On Rough Master, they strayed from twisting grunge-pop to piano ambience and string-accompanied haze, in part inspired by Niemi’s background in classical cello and prog rock. Tuning is a different beast. “It’s a lot more pop-oriented and concise,” says Everett. “Much more carefully crafted and a lot more cohesive. It’s more mature, I think – but I’ve listened to it about ten thousand fucking times so I don’t know anything about it anymore,” he laughs.



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