Maybe Mental

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Maybe Mental were another largely-forgotten post-industrial act in the late 80s. Likely best-known for their split 1987 LP with Controlled Bleeding (entitled 'Halved'), Maybe Mental were formed in Arizona in 1982 by David Oliphant. The group mined the atmospheric industrial arena as well or better than most of their underground peers. Their 1985 cassette release, 'To Cease Burning', was a textural post-industrial landscape of tonal fragments, cinematic noise, and fractured collages--which still holds up next to any modern-day experimental outfit. Other early cassette releases veered into traditional noise and power electronics territories, but later recordings were spiced up with field recordings, found tapes, and other more subtle and diverse influences, culminating in their landmark 1987 LP, 'Lotuses On Fire', which heralded the group's interest in rich multi-cultural instrumentation and ritual textures that would later play a key role in the band's transition to the formidable Life Garden. As Life Garden, Oliphant and company went on to release a number of simultaneously meditational, tribal, and percussive tapes and CDs, including some collaborative works with the equally as transcendent Voice Of Eye.
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Maybe Mental - Animisum Part 2 album art Maybe Mental Animisum Part 2 Maybe Mental US 1984 Sell This Version
none Maybe Mental - Over Dark Harbors / MMLATMJM2684 album art Maybe Mental Over Dark Harbors / MMLATMJM2684(Cass, Album) Not On Label none US 1984 Sell This Version
Maybe Mental - To Cease Burning album art Maybe Mental To Cease Burning (Comp, Album) Maybe Mental US 1985 Sell This Version
PLA 20 Maybe Mental - Halved album art Controlled Bleeding / Maybe Mental Controlled Bleeding / Maybe Mental - Halved(LP) Placebo Records PLA 20 US 1986 Sell This Version
Maybe Mental - Lotuses On Fire album art Maybe Mental Lotuses On Fire (Album) Maybe Mental US 1987 Sell This Version
Maybe Mental - Kweye album art Maybe Mental Kweye We Never Sleep US 1988 Sell This Version
Maybe Mental - Animism album art Maybe Mental Animism Oliphant Arts US 2004
none Maybe Mental - Live 1985 album art Maybe Mental Live 1985(8xFile, MP3) Oliphant Arts none US 2004
none Maybe Mental - Detox album art Maybe Mental Detox(10xFile, MP3) Oliphant Arts none US 2004

Miscellaneous

Maybe Mental - Over Dark Harbors album art Maybe Mental Over Dark Harbors Oliphant Arts US 2004