Friday, June 24, 2011

Album Review - Majuscules Aquarium Age

This review is part of the "Over Flow" Review Series. For various reasons these past reviews were not published anywhere else. I am tagging them as "Overflow Reviews" and may add some extra information after if needed but I will keep the ratings and reviews just as I originally wrote them. Enjoy:
Aquarium Age
**and1/2 out of *****

The title fits this EP like a diving helmet over a little gold figurine amongst the neon pebbles.  The guitars swim, floating in circles like fish around the Aquarium Age with both ease and grace.  This Brooklyn four piece isn't in a hurry with their warbling shoegazing style, the songs stick around (the 5 song collection touches 30 minutes) and repeat themselves causing some trance like rock to pour out.  "So Many" starts with a very hypnotic guitar line and whirls, never building to dramatic crescendo hinted at, yet a conveying a pleasant voyage.

While the guitars are confident in their ringing, the vocals sound like they are tip-toeing into the room trying not to offend.  There is a detached charm in the delivery, currently caught between rawness and singing/speaking but growing stronger here would add levels to the musical adventure.   "Veneers" has a early Modest Mouse vibe while flashes of later day Sonic Youth show up in the noisy, rising "State Birds".  "The Stone" ends Aquarium Age and is a 10 minute multifaceted journey into the realm of the unknown hinting at even grander things for this collection of 718 rockers whose first release pleases the ear.

Happy to be able to review this EP from Majuscules, hope to bring more to you from them, but for now give the album a listen yourself.  That's right you can check it out right here!!  Give it a gander and get your "underwater spacegaze" on...stick around Rock The Body Electric for more from the band..

Here is a live fan video that gives you a sense of their sound as well, I think this tune is my favorite from the EP but they are all pretty good. 
"So Many"

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