If Broken Social Scene have been the fashionable name to drop in terms of post-rock supergroups then Mahogany should at least give them a run for their money in numbers alone. Comprising thirteen credited musicians and a certain Robin Guthrie on production duties, 'Connectivity!' is a fine demonstration in to how so many talents can be put to good use without egos getting in the way.
Thanks to its nagging bassline, 'The View From The People Wall' is the equivalent of Broken Social Scene's own 'Stars And Sons'. Yet Mahogany really come in to their own on the stunning 'Supervitesse' where some blank vocals float effortlessly above elegantly shifting soundscapes whilst 'My Bed Is My Castle' sounds - not unexpectedly - like the Cocteau Twins but with added military percussion. The songs are complex without being confusing with multiple layers of instruments complimenting each other and enough variety to include the mantric 'Mantissa', the Belle And Sebastian-like 'Neo-Plastic Boogie-Woogie' and even the death chamber echo of 'Domino Ladder Beta'. Overall, listening to this record is like hearing a modern update to all those great 4AD records of the 1980s.