Mad Manhattan is a new Oklahoma City music project led by Jonathan King, who’s been rocking out with Paperscissor all summer. Here’s an exclusive first taste of Mad Manhattan’s shiny pop track “Shadowtalk.”
I caught up with King and learned about how the track developed. “Shadowtalk” is among a set of new songs the band is working on. All of the material has been recorded in King’s home studio excluding drums, which were recorded in a downtown OKC warehouse to capture the “warmth and hugeness of the room.”
“Shadowtalk” is the result of an early idea King had for a song. He said he tore the tune apart and rebuilt it with a more easy listening feel. King digs how the chords and vocals interact to create an “in-depth feel of the melody.”
I always try to create depth in my music,” King said. “The listener should be able to feel the lyrics and the music.”
Clearly, King is crafting songs with big vision and Mad Manhattan is his opportunity to share his influences: Motown horn sections, Michael Jackson, Seal and the like. The rest of Mad Manhattan’s debut is nearing completion as the tunes are now reaching final stages of post production.
The band’s current line-up includes Noah Taylor (drums), Jeremy Irons (keys), Jeren Martin (bass) and Gordon Lizima (horns). Keep up with King as the band looks to possibly announce some shows later this fall.