The Manichean I’m struggling to find the words. It’s difficult, because The Manichean is one of the most boldly original groups I’ve seen. There aren’t any similar artists that come to mind to compare and namedrop. They are young, and their youthful exuberance and sincere flaunting of rules and conventions are weapons in their arsenal. At the same time, they respect traditional instruments, history and genres while augmenting familiar sounds with modern tech. They were the only Houston band invited to participate in an acclaimed Love & Rockets tribute album, if that means anything to you.