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Maybeshewill, But I Know I Would Definitely

Posted by Scotio on May 11, 2008

Post-Rock is a beautiful thing. But, only when done right. Well, that’s with everything right? Well . . . everything except pancakes. But, I stray. So, this British Post-Rock band, Maybeshewill is as beautiful as a Botticelli Cherub. The foursome group implements some of the most grooviest rock orchestrations, with the perfect blend of electronics on their album Not For Want Of Trying. Think of them as a more softer side of 65daysofstatic, but not too soft . . . not by much. Well, on some songs, yes. But, allow me to continue, ok? The UK outfit is primarily a DIY one. They set up their own bookings, handle their own money, and produce their own music. They feel that music should be fun for the creator and not just the listener. And, yes, they seemed to be having fun jamming out for these sessions. Each track takes you to a new place, covers a new ground, and places in you a new vulnerable, yet empowering, state. The guys have a great sense of humor. They even named one of their songs “The Paris Hilton Sex Tape.” Though everyone has seen the tape whether they wanted to or not, not everyone has heard their musical rendition of that “Night In Paris.” And, if the sex tape was as grippingly moving as this music is, it probably would have made that nightvision moment that much more memorable. With sonic blastings of walls of guitar sounds, and a machine gun drum set-up, not to mention a motivating piano performance, it compels you to almost take up Prince of Persia-styled Free Running. Hopefully, you won’t do that unless you’re actually trained for it. On the title track, the quartet assaults listeners right out of the gate with blasting shoegazing power chords. Then, they pull out a Peter Finch sound sample from his speech in the movie Network. The music turns down for the first time the sample is used. Allowing Finch’s words to build you up where the music was formerly taken you. Then, when it comes back on, the music becomes one of the best backing tracks to such a stirring and teeth-clenching moment in movie history. It’s hard to say that this band is going to be the band that breaks Post-Rock into mainstream attention. Especially when Explosions In The Sky still didn’t hit that mark after creating the backing sound for the movie Friday Night Lights. But, it’s even harder to say that this band doesn’t have the goods to blow the socks right off of your feet and straight through the front of your shoes.




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First Aid Kit Repairs Souls

Posted by Scotio on May 10, 2008

First Aid Kit is probably the best band that you’ve never heard of. Hailing from Spain, this guy-girl duo(Carles Querol & Agnès Aran) conjures up some of the most enchanting music that can ever be heard with ears. Agnès is the lead singer of the band and she sings in English with an easily recognizable accent. The music is just crazy. Combining elements of Shoegazing, Electronics and Post-Rock, they create magic in the form of melody. Sounding like My Bloody Valentine, Explosions In The Sky, and a mother singing a soothing lullaby. They released their first LP titled F1rst in 2006, to virtually no notice over in USA. Which is completely sad. The album housed the mesmerizing songs “Still On Fire,” “Forgotten Sky” and “Greenish.” Actually, each tune on the album featured something that seemed to play at your lost childhood: an age of innocence and wonder. I would dare anyone to listen to them and state their distaste for their music. If such happened, I’d have to call the person a heartless monster. The duo turned around and decided to release a new collection of songs equally as soul lifting in 2008 on the album Plaits. Again, singing in English, the Querol & Aran bring more of the same. And, no, it isn’t something that would make listeners fret for feeling that they’ve already heard the music before. Why? Because it takes you back to the same wonderland that you went to when you heard their first work. Their lead single from this album is “Truth Can Hurt.” The video for the song features three children just being children. Having fun and showing no care for the troubles of the world at large. Wasn’t the world a majestic place when such was the case? The actual first song of this album “Fake/Real” actually has children singing on the song, followed by Carles and Agnès singing together using the same lyrics the children sang before them. It lets you know what you’re in store for the rest of the album. And, frankly, it should never be a problem to enjoy such delightful melodies and the joyous memories/feelings that they bring. If you can find their music, I strongly urgingly demand that you acquire it immediately. Yes, it can change your life . . . yes, it can.

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