Maserati are all about that motorik, about the need to drive forwards no matter what the sound. Reuhmanizer mixes krautrock’s classic rhythmic instinct with chugging guitars and other ‘classic rock’ elements. The results are as much of a space fantasy as the one depicted on the cover. Out on Temporary Residence.
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Maserati have released a number of records over the years. I've spied them passing through the office and often thought "Maserati's artwork is pretty deec, maybe I should check them out at some point". Well today that moment has finally come. What I'm hearing is a band that desperately wanna marry the sound of hard rock with krautrock and electronic influences, maybe unaware of the fact that this genre partnership has already been mastered by Chicago three piece Trans-Am. Maserati's variant on the concept is heavily indebted, like all new releases nowadays, to psychedelic and expansive soundtrack music (especially on epic opener "No Cave") as opposed to the more punk rock leanings of the "AM" but the comparison is valid and applies to pretty much every track here giving "Rehumanizer" a distinctly emotive 80's feel that at times verges on a goth rock vibe. These are all things i'm kinda down with in a way but "Rehumanizer" just sounds too familiar to really take that seriously.
The real notable thing about "Rehumanizer" is that it was recorded, mixed and produced by the band themselves (again, something they share in common with Trans Am) and they've done a particularly impressive job with it. For any inherent flaws it may have, it sounds fucking massively epic! Definitely worth a listen if you dig 80's teen movie soundtracks, early proto-goth stuff and the usual selection of electronic influenced prog-pop fodder.
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