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17 Apr 12
Here are some admittances: firstly, that my experience of math rock to this point, solely exists in the form of not making it past the first few songs on a Battles album. Secondly, that i might therefore be missing the point of this release. Maps & Atlases have, in the past, been described as a math rock band, but also as one which are moving away from the characteristic traits of the genre by making clear, musically, their orientation for sounds from pop's landscape.
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18 Feb 12
Mazes have chosen to open their second album Ores & Minerals with “Bodies”, a kind digi-psych strut which does absolutely nothing towards letting you in on their game. It's followed up in the early stages of the record by an off beat guitar hoedown (“Dan Higgs Particle”) and some light-as-a-feather Belle & Sebastian esque pop pomp (“Delancey Essex”).
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06 Feb 12
The Twilight Sad's first two albums went a long way to building a sense of self. Developmental in forging a sound that could provide, suitably, for James Graham's yearnings, frustrations, angers, embitterment and lyrical revenges, their third No One Can Ever Know dispenses with Andy MacFarlane's dense over-laid guitar soundscapes and, rather than fill that intimidating gap directly, sees them opting for a sparser, arguably bleaker plateaux of analogue synth with a more direct sense of influence in Depeche Mode, NiN and Martin Hannett.