This review was originally published in April of 2018.
Once you finish walking through the drum circle, you can start dancing. The guitar strum has that frantic energy of a Richie Havens, and there is plenty of room for spinning around in circles. It's an easy flow of a beat with no ending or beginning.
The lyrics cover the ground between relationships and the preservation of self. The vocals feel like the sound of philosophy itself; resolute, measured, and representing a path towards understanding. What sets this apart from songs with a similar positive message is the sheer power of the drum treatment, the complexity and sparsity of the dynamics, and the zen-like quality of the persona.
We are very much at peace with If I Can't Be Free, the new track from Mendeleyev.
Mendeleyev is a Southern California based musician, songwriter, and producer.