Leicester’s Maybeshewill have been plying their unique brand of instrumental post-rock since 2005. With a handful of album, single and EP releases to their credit, and a variety of successful touring jaunts throughout Europe and Asia, the band hasn’t yet had an album released in the US. That will change with the February 24th release of their fourth full-length, Fair Youth. This is the band’s first album in partnership with Superball Music (home also to Amplifier, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and Matt Skiba, among others).
Fair Youth is an overwhelmingly positive record, with the band creating a musical solution to dealing with real world problems and difficulties. It touches on themes of nostalgia and oneirism, and the connections, disconnection and constant feeling of motion that comes with spending so many months of the year on the road.
Band guitarist/keyboardist Jamie Ward took the production helm once again, and this time Maybeshewill vastly expands the pallet of sounds and instruments at their disposal. By working with live instrumentation wherever possible, but also augmenting the real with electronic flourishes, it is simultaneously the most and least organic Maybeshewill record to date.
Fair Youth has been shaped largely by influences from outside the musical world they exist in – from washes of hazy Shoegaze guitars to glitchy Electronica; chopped and screwed Hip-Hop beats to ornate Chamber Pop orchestration, as well as countless other threads coming together. It’s the band re-imagined as a larger ensemble – a hundred year old grand piano, string and brass sections, an enormous old drum kit, glockenspiels, vibraphones and a sea of guitars – while still remaining a cohesive whole.
Autumn of 2015 will mark Maybeshewill’s live debut in North America, with dates to be announced at a future point in time.
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