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Works Every Time - EP

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Two years after the release of The Great Pretenders, Mini Mansions' Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes, and Tyler Parkford finally had some downtime from their other bands -- Queens of the Stone Age, Last Shadow Puppets, and Arctic Monkeys, respectively -- to record some of their own songs. As on The Great Pretenders, the Works Every Time EP reveals more of Mini Mansions' vulnerability without losing any of their music's glitz and glam. The title track is one of the band's smoothest, poppiest songs yet, with glistening synths and '80s guitar solos polishing soul-baring lyrics like "I don't even know what I'm looking for" to a high shine. Later, "This Bullet"'s synth rock conflates falling in love with a death wish. There's more than a little synthwave influence on Works Every Time, but Mini Mansions come by it honestly; keyboards have been an integral part of their sound since the start, and the juxtaposition of sexy electro sounds and desperate words on "Midnight in Tokyo" proves they know how to wield a synth more expressively than many up-and-comers. While the industrial-tinged reworking of Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You" isn't quite as strong as some of their other covers, it echoes the way the EP's original songs teeter between lust and anxiety. As it distills where they've been and where they're going, Works Every Time reaffirms that Mini Mansions' EPs are just as important to their body of work as their albums. ~ Heather Phares

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1
Works Every Time 00:04:36

Justin Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tata Vega, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Shuman, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Cian Riordan, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Parkford, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Zach Dawes, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mini Mansions, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jon Theodore, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Melodye Perry, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Sterling, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Fiction Records release; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Midnight In Tokyo 00:03:50

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Shuman, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Cian Riordan, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Weiss, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tyler Parkford, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Zach Dawes, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mini Mansions, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Sterling, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Fiction Records release; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
This Bullet 00:02:22

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Shuman, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Cian Riordan, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Weiss, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tyler Parkford, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Zach Dawes, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mini Mansions, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Sterling, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Fiction Records release; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
A Girl Like You 00:03:20

Edwyn Collins, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Shuman, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Cian Riordan, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Weiss, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tyler Parkford, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Kerr, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Zach Dawes, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mini Mansions, Producer, MainArtist - Jonathan Sterling, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Fiction Records release; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

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Two years after the release of The Great Pretenders, Mini Mansions' Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes, and Tyler Parkford finally had some downtime from their other bands -- Queens of the Stone Age, Last Shadow Puppets, and Arctic Monkeys, respectively -- to record some of their own songs. As on The Great Pretenders, the Works Every Time EP reveals more of Mini Mansions' vulnerability without losing any of their music's glitz and glam. The title track is one of the band's smoothest, poppiest songs yet, with glistening synths and '80s guitar solos polishing soul-baring lyrics like "I don't even know what I'm looking for" to a high shine. Later, "This Bullet"'s synth rock conflates falling in love with a death wish. There's more than a little synthwave influence on Works Every Time, but Mini Mansions come by it honestly; keyboards have been an integral part of their sound since the start, and the juxtaposition of sexy electro sounds and desperate words on "Midnight in Tokyo" proves they know how to wield a synth more expressively than many up-and-comers. While the industrial-tinged reworking of Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You" isn't quite as strong as some of their other covers, it echoes the way the EP's original songs teeter between lust and anxiety. As it distills where they've been and where they're going, Works Every Time reaffirms that Mini Mansions' EPs are just as important to their body of work as their albums. ~ Heather Phares

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