The Maccabees, a South London-based ethereal pop quintet,
brims with airy decibels relatable to My Bloody Valentine
trenched in Bryan Ferry-torched vocals furnished by lead
vocalist Orlando Weeks. The bands third CD, Given To
The Wild, is carpeted in gently-inflamed atmospherics some
of which are streaked in softly blazing horns, as in "Child,"
and shimmery guitar effects supplied by brothers Hugo and
Felix White in "Feel To Follow." The music glistens
and glides with melodic transitions that show The Maccabees are
conversant in texturally ethereal pop soundscapes.
The sprinkle of jettison synth tones prancing across "Ayla"
are intertwined with threads of satiny sounding horns as the verses
project hopefulness, "So often, it's a trick of the light
Ayla / And we wait for love in the shape of us / Until the wait
is over under halcyon skies / Until the wait is over for an innocent
life / It's a weight off my mind I could trust you." The
marching beats of bassist Rupert Jarvis and drummer Sam
Doyle build intensity and relax in "Glimmer" as
the flexibility of the guitar effects are boldfaced exhibiting
a likeness to My Bloody Valentine.
Transistored in sonic pop vibration, "Forever I've Known"
and "Heave" have a misty texture catacombed in wispy
strands and lulling beats. Calypso-fringed undertones encircle
"Pelican" switching to the rapid flashing of synth-toned
projectiles in "Went Away." The silky pheromones of
"Go" have a dreamy flow closing the album with the lithesome
sway of "Grew Up At Midnight" with verses that muse
about a heartache which dissipates over time, "Every new
encounter that's not her / Leaves you cold / Little by little
I'm laid down / Some day you're going to wake up / And think you
went a day / Without going cold."
The Maccabees revive sonic pop raptures adding garnishments of
airy horns and ethereal strings in their new recording Given
To The Wild. Their ambient soundscapes and atmospheric pheromones
are elevating reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine and barnacled
with shavings of Bryan Ferry.
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