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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none Animisum Part 2 — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental Animisum Part 2 Maybe Mental none US 1984 Sell This Version
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none Over Dark Harbors / MMLATMJM2684 — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental Over Dark Harbors / MMLATMJM2684(Cass, Album) Not On Label none US 1984 Sell This Version
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none To Cease Burning — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental To Cease Burning (Comp, Album) Maybe Mental none US 1985 Sell This Version
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PLA 20 Halved — Maybe Mental Controlled Bleeding / Maybe Mental Controlled Bleeding / Maybe Mental - Halved(LP) Placebo Records PLA 20 US 1986 Sell This Version
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none Lotuses On Fire — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental Lotuses On Fire (Album) Maybe Mental none US 1987 Sell This Version
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none Animism — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental Animism Oliphant Arts none US 2004
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none Live 1985 — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental Live 1985(8xFile, MP3) Oliphant Arts none US 2004
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none Detox — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental Detox(10xFile, MP3) Oliphant Arts none US 2004
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WNS 005 Kweye — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental Kweye We Never Sleep WNS 005 US 1988 Sell This Version
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oa0001odh Over Dark Harbors — Maybe Mental Maybe Mental Over Dark Harbors Oliphant Arts oa0001odh US 2004