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Maudlin Of The Well


Experimental/Post Metal

4.22 | 751 ratings

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5 stars Hard to Find Long Convoluted Names Crueler Than Part The Second's, Or, 100,000 Years of Cosmic Farewell By The Band: 10/10

Claiming to derive inspiration from the astral plane, maudlin of the Well does not compose songs, they find them. Whatever the hell that's supposed to mean.

Well, you see, that phrase is useful because it prepares you, the eager and curious listener, for the adventure you're about to embark: a remarkably spiritualistic and delicate album. When we're talking about this sort of soul-ly jazz, you're supposed to expect songs that calls for emotions, reflections, awe in front of a beauty you can't describe, sehnsucht, and etc. Which is what happens with PART THE SECOND.

What is interesting is that it no longer feature the trademarked "soft 'n' heavy" transitions that made maudlin so popular. Instead, it's completely focused on rock-ish compositions, and rightfully so, as they deliver a splendidly well-constructed, melodic, and simply beautiful masterpiece that couldn't be achieved with such success had it metaller roots.

Each track flows comfortably, each riff plays in accordance with the melody, ... and so forth. And, speaking of melody (or, rather, of composition qualities in general), don't be fooled if you're thinking this is some sort of minimalist bullscheiss, 'cause it ain't; the songs are multi-layered and relatively complex. Pianos play along violins, drums, guitars and whatnot. And it all culminates in lighthearted, intense and sincerely beautiful musical creations that are apt to create smile on the frownymost faces. And, basically, that's why the effectiveness of PART THE SECOND lies on denying heavier compositions and moods - it just wouldn't be able to deliver such an introspective and surrealistic journey if you had a dude growling at your face.

Also, if you like the usage of violins or pianos to evoke emotional responses, you're in for a treat. If you don't, well, you're in nonetheless, cause Matsumiya's violins will certainly make you do. If you like free albums, surprise surprise you're in as well, because this baby is found completely for free in their site! Including, as accompaniments, the surrealistic and childish-esque artwork to assist you on your journey of immersion within maudlin of the Well's lucid dreaming farewell that is PART THE SECOND.

Luqueasaur | 5/5 |


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