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Caramel boasts a unique brand of mutated, lustrous soul that was almost wholly self-recorded over a month in a Tokyo hotel room. Described by Clash Music as "a true cosmonaut of inner space," the album explores different regions of Mockasin's singular galaxy, guided by his truly adventurous songwriting that favors reconfigured pop structures with a skewed funk sensibility. If Caramel wasn't enough, Mockasin has also been writing more material for Charlotte Gainsbourg after penning the exquisite "Out Of Touch" for the actress/singer's 2012 mini-album, Stage Whisper.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B00FG0LYDQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A lush, layered exercise in yacht rock, 70's-80's R&B grooves and Syd Barret esque distortion psychedelia, Caramel is one of those rare albums that effectively draws upon the past to create an experience that feels fresh and more than the sum of its parts. Caramel is also one of those albums that possesses it's own idiosyncratic sonic vocabulary. It's a very weird album, and I've heard people liken it to Ariel Pink, which I feel is a fair comparison. Both Ariel Pink's work and Connan's are heavily informed by nostalgia for 70s and 80s FM hits.

In addition, this is an album for people who enjoy cohesive experiences. Connan wrote the album because he wondered what an album named "Caramel" would sound like. And I think the end product of that ambition lives up to its namesake. This is sexy, groovey music.
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My boyfriend and I consider ourselves to have highly eclectic musical tastes, so when we set a theme to our romantic life, not just any love song will do. We wanted an album to enrich our love-filled nights with passionate fire, while still soothing us with smooth falsetto vocals and jazzy melodies. We found just that in Conan Mockasin's Caramel. His gentle voice and classic instrumental back-up was tailor-made for those special nights-in with the one you love. So if your romantic evenings seem to be lacking in auditory magic, give this album a listen and let the romance commence!
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If you're looking for something that's aurally challenging and off the beaten path, stop searching and buy this album. It's Mockasin's second full-length album (his first is set to be released later this month), and it's quite frankly like nothing you've ever heard before. The easiest description I can give is if Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett became lead songwriter for Prince: smooth R&B-like jams with weird lyrics that make you wonder what's going on in Mockasin's head. In terms of the process of writing the album, Mockasin said, "It's just ideas in my head that I put together, and later on it might make more sense. But I don't think about the meaning at the time. Or I'm not aware of it."

Whether or not this album makes sense is so far from the point, because this album is like a drug. And if this album is a drug, then I will gladly declare myself a junkie. On my first listen, I didn't particularly care for the album. On my second listen, I liked it even less. And yet there was something there each time I listened to it, something unique and painfully intriguing. It wasn't until my third listen that everything started to meld together and start to work. As of today, I think I'm on my twelfth listen, but I've honestly lost count. It's just that good!

Mockasin's music harkens back to that of the '70s and leans strongly towards the two artists mentioned above. Above all else, this album is refreshing. Like the album's namesake, there's something sweet and sensual about the songs and the music. The slow pace makes for a romantic feel, Connan's vocals coming through in a hushed tone to both soothe and stimulate your ears. If you're having a romantic evening with the missus, "Caramel" could very well set the perfect mood.
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Before being recommended to me by Amazon, I had never heard of Connan Mockasin or this album. The cover aroused my interest, so I checked out a song on YouTube (I'm The Man That Will Find You) and fell in love immediately.

Sound-wise, I was pleasantly surprised by the way the album ebbed and flowed from song to song seamlessly. The music is layed and viscous, in keeping with the title of the record. The music has a dreamy, warm, analog sound that would seem nearly impossible to emulate. It's ultra-retro with a mysterious, seductive vibe.

What is interesting to me is that the music seems to be alive and constantly undulating and breathing throughout the record--almost like Pink Floyd but with an entirely different mood/tone--and Mockasin's vocals are (excluding a couple songs like the aforementioned one) relatively buried in the music in a pretty interesting way; it almost sounds as though it's being enveloped by the music itself. Listening to the record on vinyl, especially with nice headphones, makes the music feel more awake and the experience more participatory.

If you're looking for anything out-of-the-box, weird, and flawlessly executed, look no further.
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Great sound & quality! Would recommend. This is my favorite record.
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