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Passages

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Album Review

Maserati rose to become one of the best post-rock bands of the 2000s — not the least because they didn't quite fit into the conventions of the style — so it's probably fitting that they don't release new stuff often and stick to things like split CDs. Passages is another example of that tantalizing thoroughness, boasting only 18 minutes of new music by Maserati in addition to three lengthy remixes. The new material is a treat, building on the sound of Inventions for the New Season, their previous album, in which Maserati had already honed their skills with delay-based rhythms to nanotech precision. This really isn't post-rock in the old sense of Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor!, who reveled in sonic buildups: Maserati are closer to God Is an Astronaut, only less fierce than the Irishmen — they're not about bombastic daydreaming, but rather about keeping the constant flow of music, with strands of melodies being constantly elongated, transformed, and propelled ahead at good speed while remaining steadily catchy, as well as hypnotizing like abstract patterns shifting on a computer screen. The band's debt to space rockers à la Ozric Tentacles is more apparent than ever, but Maserati remain more substantial, never slipping into psychedelic Muzak. A pity these nice things are largely absent from the remixes, two of which ("The World Outside" by Thee Loving Hand and "Inventions" by Justin van der Volgen) completely break the mood of the record. Replacing Maserati's constant change with techno repetition and sprawling emotiveness with simplistic machine melodies really takes the wind out of the original songs — although, admittedly, the two remixes would be able to stand on their own quite well in another setting. Only the third reworking, "Monoliths" by Steve Moore, succeeds, showing how Maserati actually bridge the gap between electronica and rock music, sounding almost like they play ambient techno with guitars (and, actually, plenty of synths), but giving it the warmth of the live performance. But still, Passages would have worked better as two separate EPs.

Customer Reviews

RIP Jerry Fuchs

While this album seems to be a little more electronica-laden than Inventions and previous works, it still did a great job of featuring one of the best drummers anywhere. Sadly, Jerry had an untimely death last weekend, but his amazing drumming and his contribution to Maserati will never be forgotten.

Farewll, Jerry. I feel lucky to have been able to see you play live. I hope where ever you are, you have a great kit to play on and the music is as phenomenal as you made it for us.

AGH-MAZE-ING!

i just saw these guys open for MONO at the Doug Fir in Portland and they put on one of the best energy packed shows i have attended in a while. Although the music on the album is not as raw and is obviously studio worked it is still chalked with the aurial vitamins your body needs daily. If you like Maserati and Mono check out 'Sweek' and 'Red Sparrowes'. But first - buy this album!!!

Don't pass on Passages!

More good psych-rock from the Athens, Georgia boys. Feels like the B-Side to "Inventions for the New Season." Don't miss the Sept. 21, 2009 show in Orlando @ Will's Pub.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Yet another of the Athens, GA experimentalists, Maserati picked up where bands like Tortoise, Macha, and Labradford left off with complex, warmly textured instrumental music straying from the confines of rock to explore the ambient, jazz, and even modern classical traditions. The four-piece of Coley Dennis (guitar), Steve Scarborough (bass), Phil Horan (drums), and Matt Cherry (guitar) began playing together in early 2001. After several months, they recorded and self-released 37:29:24, a moody blend...
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