ARTIST: MOBS

TITLE: CINEMA PARADISO

LABEL: RUDE RECORDS

RATING: 9/10

WORDS: JO COSGROVE

It’s very common for different mediums of art to cross paths and link together; to inspire one another in some way, shape or form. Melbourne outfit MOBS have taken the tales of the silver screen and twisted them to make a fun album full of variety and catchy suitable sounds. An idea fitting their “nostalgic pop” style, the band worked these stories and themes of action, drama and comedy into the music that their fans have grown to love and it’s a challenge that they have won with every track on the record.

The record starts off with one of the best singles, ‘I’ll Be Back’. Taking its inspiration from the ‘Terminator‘ franchise, it alters the seriously violent nature of the original films and turns the topics of time travel and searching for a certain someone into a pursuit of love and companionship. The words make for beautiful and romantic imagery, and the retro style of this chilled-out alternative hit calls back through the history of the franchise. It’s a gimmick in the end, but it’s not one to shy away from or keep as a guilty pleasure. MOBS are doing great – and it’s only been one song!

MOBS have taken the tales of the silver screen and twisted them to make a fun album full of variety and catchy suitable sounds”

The sound switches to a more upbeat electronic style later on when it comes to ‘School’s Out’, the hit track inspired by the overly popular flick ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off‘. Taking everyone back to the bright, loud, unavoidable side of the 1980s, it’s all sunshine and colours and fun-loving characters. Partway through this album and the pure talent and patience of the band is demonstrated in the best way. Reworking cinematic classics into individual tracks takes a lot of work, many moments of patience, and playing around with styles until everything falls into place to almost mirror the tones of the specific movies being taken as a specific track’s inspiration.

The leading hook for ‘Cinema Paradiso‘ is the contrast from one song to the next, and that’s where this is a crowd-pleasing record for every fan who has this favourite genre or that favourite genre. When it comes to ‘Cruel Intentions’, everything’s changed again to make it a modern take on music: something pop, something synthesised, and something one would hear from the 1990s to the 2000s on the radio. It’s a throwback tune that listeners of all ages would be able to understand and recognise from their childhood, their youth, or the years within their prime.

“MOBS have proven within these eleven tracks that they are creative, intelligent, and big fans of the silver screen”

Knowing this non-stop shake-up within the record, MOBS have gained themselves such a diverse demographic, and they’ll all have their own feelings and opinions about every sound – but within the sound from ‘Cruel Intentions’, it’s so recent that everyone will have a memory come to mind from this one. It’s a song that many would believe if they were told it came straight from the movie; and yet it still sounds so contemporary that it would be an oddly fitting contribution to the soundtrack.

MOBS have proven within these eleven tracks that they are creative, intelligent, and big fans of the silver screen and whatever they find viewing at any given moment. It’s something that fans won’t see every day in the charts, and it was a challenge done right.

Who’s already waiting for a sequel? Everyone!

 

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