Power of Metal.dk Review

Fair Youth
Style: Post Rock
Release date: 25 August 2014
Playing time: 49:55

From Leicester, UK, the band maybeshewill wasn't a band I was overly familiar with going in but being a fan of British post-rock, I thought they might be right up my alley. Also since they are on one of my favorite labels, Superball Music, which has bands like ...And You Will Know Them By The Trail Of Dead and 65daysofstatic (there's a similarity there), so I had to check them out. Of course! I am glad I dove in because these guys are my kinda band. Pure instrumental post rock with a focus on melody and layering. They remind me a bit of 2 of my favorite instrumental bands (also from the UK) Mogwai from Scotland and Ireland's God Is An Astronaut. Where Mogwai flow from jagged guitars to darker sonicscapes and GIAA focuses on atmospheric sounds and space rock, on Fair Youth, maybeshewill are more concerned with making you groove to the beat and letting the keyboards and electronics loose. That's the part that reminds me of 65daysofstatic.

 Fair Youth has an amazing groove that flows through every track. The album has a great vibe which works well if you are driving along on a sunny day or maybe taking a jog. The music lifts you up in such a positive way too.  "In Amber" is led by the keyboards with electronics but also incorporates strings as well. And the main riff is one you will be humming while you bob your head to the beat. Of all the bands I've mentioned I think with "Fair Youth", maybeshewill have a chance to appeal to progressive rock fans because of their epic sound, it's almost cinematic at times! The entire album is amazing, but my favorite tracks are the title track, the aforementioned "In Amber", "Sanctuary" and "Asiatic". It's an album I will keep going back to time and time again. If you are a fan of any of the bands I have mentioned or you're a prog rocker like me who loves the cinematic quality of post-rock, check out "Fair Youth" by maybeshewill!

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In Amber
You and Me Everything in Between
Fair Youth
All Things Transient
Waking Life
In The Blind
Label: Superball Music
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Rob Pociluk
Date: 16 August, 2014
Website: www.maybeshewill.net