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EDITORS’ NOTES

Maserati continues to morph and shed, with each new layer revealing glossy textures sleek with electronic sparkle, plus guitar and synth tones that evoke decades gone by (the '70s on occasion, the '80s more frequently) and a sort of reborn newness. After the death of drummer Jerry Fuchs in 2009, the band endured with unwavering motorik grace. New drummer Mike Albanese fills Fuchs' rather large shoes admirably. Here there are sprawling numbers that wind up and down with precision and stealth, plus shorter numbers that hit fast and hard, like the stomping, old-school "Earth Like" (which may elicit some nostalgia for Maserati's more aggressive days). Getting lost in the 10-minute-plus "Abracadabracab" is like making your way through a maze: it's a slightly disorienting but fun adventure that rewards with small thrills at every turn, especially in the drawn-out coda. Psychedelic atmospherics and funky bass lines churn out booty-shaking songs that spiral and swirl, all of which make Maserati VII a solid follow-up to 2010's Pyramid of the Sun.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maserati continues to morph and shed, with each new layer revealing glossy textures sleek with electronic sparkle, plus guitar and synth tones that evoke decades gone by (the '70s on occasion, the '80s more frequently) and a sort of reborn newness. After the death of drummer Jerry Fuchs in 2009, the band endured with unwavering motorik grace. New drummer Mike Albanese fills Fuchs' rather large shoes admirably. Here there are sprawling numbers that wind up and down with precision and stealth, plus shorter numbers that hit fast and hard, like the stomping, old-school "Earth Like" (which may elicit some nostalgia for Maserati's more aggressive days). Getting lost in the 10-minute-plus "Abracadabracab" is like making your way through a maze: it's a slightly disorienting but fun adventure that rewards with small thrills at every turn, especially in the drawn-out coda. Psychedelic atmospherics and funky bass lines churn out booty-shaking songs that spiral and swirl, all of which make Maserati VII a solid follow-up to 2010's Pyramid of the Sun.

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About Maserati

Yet another of the Athens, Georgia 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 of space rock expansiveness and scatter-bursts of Slint-like aggression. In 2002, they met again in producer Andy Baker's Chase Park studio (where albums by Macha, the Mendoza Line, and Jucifer have been recorded) to record The Language of Cities, the band's first label-backed album on the indie pop clearinghouse Kindercore. The eight-song album continued their exploration of emo-tinged instrumental rock, best exemplified by the track "The Language," a seven-plus-minute opus of sustained cymbal buildups, churning guitar, and John McEntire-style fills. In 2005, Jerry Fuchs replaced Phil Horan on drums. After signing to Temporary Residence in 2007, Maserati released Inventions for the New Season, which was followed by two remix albums. After starting on their next full-length in 2009, tragedy struck when Fuchs suffered a freak accident and fell to his death in an elevator shaft. Carrying on, the rest of Maserati pushed through to finish the album. It was released in 2010 and named Pyramid of the Sun after a song Fuchs had conceived in his tour journal. In the years that followed Fuchs' passing, the band acquired a new drummer, Mike Albanese, and worked out a new set of songs for 2012's Maserati VII. Three years later, they returned with Rehumanizer, a leaner, more rock-oriented set. ~ Daphne Carr

  • ORIGIN
    Athens, GA
  • FORMED
    2001

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