After a stint at mainstream success during the 90s in his native Canada, Manteye disappeared from the music scene. Almost 2 decades later, this eclectic singer-songwriter is back with an impressive set of songs and a new-found motivation. As far as the 90s might now be, Manteye's heartfelt vocals have never sounded so honest and meaningful, his songs finding strength in their intimacy and sheer beauty of a few, simple and well-arranged elements…….Visit Manteye on Soundcloud and Myspace
My first impression was good, the quality is spot on, I have developed a love for certain sounds in music such as the Living Legends, Atmosphere from Minnesota, certain Lupe Fiasco tracks, Brother Ali and few more, they use amazing guitars in songs and have not just me but a huge population in the USA's attention, check brother Ali's facebook/soundcloud for inspiration in new places, Studying people my age and younger I have learned all types of music is loved, get internet exposure through youtube and this music will grace skate videos, which I am a fan of, and further reviews through comments if you wish to read them, other artists who are hip that I advise you check out include Inspired Flight, and Evidence made a whole cd from the beatles samples and got worldwide love for it, different genre but that makes and artist well rounded, To me each song has its own genre, closest to Dave Matthews who are success, I would say find the target audience and contunue making music from the soul, my favorite track was summer blues and im not a big fan of country, overall your music is inspiring much like my favorite hip hop does for me.
Manteye, “Kill the Music”
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Manteye—a.k.a. Mark Manthei—serves up an affecting serenade in anthemic ballad “Kill the Music.” Driven by piano, insistent pounding percussion and a restive flute, he delivers a missive of salvation as troubadour, harmonic messenger and pensive performer, questioning the perpetuity of one man’s song. With a vocal that conjures R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, alongside tinges of Rob Thomas, Jim Croce and Burton Cummings, Manteye lashes through his creation, line by line, punctuating words and notes with a maudlin drubbing that is at times pained, at others resolute and purposeful. He sings, “Kill the music, but don't kill the song, Fire the singer, but don't shoot ‘em down/The love affair with the pounding drum has left me here without one word of wisdom… Kill the music, but don't kill it dead.” This is the kind of composition that in a live setting could fell an audience to silence, as each word rings forth with truth and humility. This is heady stuff, and beautifully delivered by an artist who is in control of his greatest strengths.
Manteye’s “Promise” starts out wonderfully with a guitar lick that reminds me of when guitars really . I rather welcomed this bluesy sound. Manteye’s voice is much like Lee Greenburg, Kenny Rogers or the great Bob Seger. The lyrics to the song hits home, “A working mans anthem”. Something that a man would say to his wife. Totally relatable to the late baby boomer generation and can be much appreciated for adult contemporaries as well. This song is like an open love letter. Sentimental about the time that two hearts have spent together. Promising to always be there for her. Its that kind of song that you listen to when you need to clear your head. Start the car and taking a long drive in the country, reminiscing over the struggles and triumphs in your life. I think that if you are married. The song is even more meaningful for you. It is like the promise to always to be faithful and to always keep the bond made between one another for better or for worse.The best place for this song is during a wedding reception in where new hearts have been joined and where old hearts remember when they became one. A contemporary and true classic. Manteye’s style is a throwback to an earlier soft rock-blues era. But, it is a good one. Fresh in form with writing all his own. Manteye is a native Canadian from the Ontario province and his been doing music for a long time. His talent surely shows with “Promise”. Manteye can be found on myspace./com/ More of his music is avaliable on there as well as sound cloud
MANTEYE_2_Canadian singer, composer performer Mark Manthei sent me a request the other day that was a bit different. He asked my opinion on what genre to classify his music in. That’s a hard one to answer. Of course he was also interested in MidTn’s opinion of his work.
The first track I got to was ”Kill The Music” tagged Adult Contemporary, I suppose that’s not bad, but I might add, “americana.” What I really think is that “Soundtrack” would be a good description. It may also be an SEO nightmare ( or blessing in disguise ).
I was instantly struck by the ambience of the track. The way the air rides in the compressed flute and the mix floats across the room is enticing, like a moving scene in the theatre.
The tune itself is beautiful. On first listen, I was caught by the title and the juxtaposition he puts it in. I’m going to have to add it to my soundcloud playlist and immerse myself in this one, because there is some depth there.
Second thing I clicked on was “Getaway.” This one got me in the mood for a milkshake, and I’m going nuts, since the grocer closed at 7. Yeah, I live in the sticks… Great song, here. Not a “soundtrack,” it’s straight up Southern Rock.
Getting into some of the other tracks, I gotta say I hear some of my favorites like Waitts and Harrison. To answer the original question, I think I would put him in the american-roots-pop-rock slot. The songs are deep and thoughtful. The arrangements are really cool, and the production and instrumentation is just fancy and interesting enough to really go over on the air-waves.
Mark, ya done good, sir – real good. Meant the way a real mid TN boy means it.