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The Maccabees
Given To The Wild
Fiction Records
www.themaccabees.co.uk


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.

-Susan Frances

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