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Michael Shanks – Mermaids Of Europa

Michael Shanks – Mermaids Of Europa

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The line between today‘s fantasy & tomorrow‘s reality is always shifting. Imagine, if you will, traveling back in time 100 years, set with the task of explaining a smartphone to your great-grandparent; now, contrastly, imagine someone from 2320 explaining the next century’s future advancements to you – could any one of us even conceive the potentialities?  Entertaining any idea outside of our known existence is the work of dreamers, yes, but also of visionaries – if said dreamers are bold enough to pursue these dreams to their fullest extent, the realm of possibilities may give way to the fates.

On the newest Michael Shanks single, ‘Mermaids Of Europa’, we’re transported to the water- covered moon of Jupiter, which, by modern scientific standards, exhibits the highest probability of life-outside-earth within our solar system. In this reality, Europa is inhabited by aquatic humanoids, which possess abilities outside our known spectrum, & whomst have recently made contact/ are endeavoring communication with the ever-challenging earthlings.

The lyrical picture is detailed, abstract, & exploratory. With this intrepid mood highlighted by some delicate & refreshing compositional pivots & an exquisite Mick Ronson/ T. Rex- styled lead guitar, the textural continuum serves to truly envelope the listener in it’s spectral plane. There is a certain ’70’s-from-the-future’ je ne sais quois, which really lends itself to the capturing of imagination; a golden, Star Wars- era romanticism, which creates both a retro nostalgia & a progressive adventure.

‘I’m just a mermaid from Europa; Jupiter’s moon’ – somehow, as an Earthling, I completely understand & relate to this. Delve deeper into the sonic world of Michael Shanks here:

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