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November 1st, 2011

Out Nov 24th 2011 : Ghost Dance by The Mantra ATSMM

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Dear Friends,

2011 will close with three  fascinating releases which will bring a fascinating year to the end.

On the 24th of November THE MANTRA ABOVE THE SPOTLESS MELT MOON will see their second full-length album,

GHOST DANCE (click to listen)

released on RareNoiseRecords (RNR022). Ghost Dance is the follow-up album to their 2010 debut, “Defeated Songs” and was also recorded at Monochrome Studios in Eboli, under the watchful eye of producer Luigi Nobile.



In Ghost Dance, the Mantra ATSMM reinforce their ties to their native Naples – the unhealthy, beaten down symbol of Italy that is still grand and romantically decadent and generous in dispensing breathtaking vistas.




The connection is immediately apparent during “Heads or Tails”.  Written in 5/4, the time signature of folk dance, the Neapolitan Tarantella, it features Vesuvius, the grand old angry volcano itself – the beautiful yet cruel master of its surroundings; the backdrop to the old city always threatens to awaken.





All the characters in this recording (Harlequin, Manao Tupapao, the Wolf, the Melancholic Blue Army) are transfixed ghosts, dancing hypnotically against a timeless backdrop. At times reminiscent of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, at others sounding like the holy processions of the southern Italian region of Campania, and some evoke languid atmospheres, typical of Gauguin. Listen to “Blue Army”

The characters tell tales of joy, drama and inadequacy as they paint a sense of emptiness around them in a manner both ironic and theatrical and always deeply moving. It couldn’t come from the heart any more than this.

Listen to “Trieste”

The Album will be initially officially released to the UK and the US, with Italy to follow properly early 2012. The Mantra ATSMM will be touring the UK (London and the North) early 2012 (January/February), Italy mid-march to June and July and with possible stints in Germany late spring 2012.





GHOST DANCE will be available from November 28th from the RareNoiseStore ( for worldwide shipping as CD SOFTPACK WITH 12 PAGE BOOKLET, and digital as .flac/.mp3 


UK/EU distributor : CargoRecords (please contact for stock enquiries in UK and EUROPE)

US distributor : Darla Records (please contact for stock enquiries in US)

DIGITAL: All Digital Stores (Itunes/Emusic/Napster/Spotify….) via IODA

If you wish to stock for JAPAN,  and are a distributor contact or

To book The Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon contact (UK/Europe), (Italy)

To get Stock of Ghost Dance in Europe contact

To get Stock in the US contact



October 8th, 2011

Do Not Forget

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Free, from the RareNoiseRecords website

Free, as, well, free.

May 31st, 2011

The Mantra ATSMM are back from NYC

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Dear Friends,

The Mantra ATSMM have come back to NYC and here is what they had to say.

Six shows in 3 weeks. Great contacts, great performances.

The Mantra would like to thank first and foremost Howard Wulkan and his dear wife for the wonderful hospitality and all round incredible support,  Michael Atkinson for support on the ground and logistics, Carroll Music for the excellent service and equipment rental and Dana Schechter for facilitating inviting them at Picasso Machinery and being an all-round friend.

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May 10th, 2011

The Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon play NYC!

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Dear Friends,

this is to announce that the Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon will be playing 4 gigs (and possibly a couple more) in NYC between May 12th and May 23rd 2011.

5/12 7PM : Alphabet Lounge NYC

5/16 8pm : The Delancey NYC

5/20 : Picasso Machinery

5/23 8pm : PIANOS NYC

JOIN their facebook page and follow their NYC days on their BLOG




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