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BATH

Maudlin Of The Well

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.17 | 210 ratings

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The Squirrel
3 stars maudlin of the Well - Bath,

First, I must say that I bought maudlin of the Well - Bath, Kayo Dot - Choirs of the Eye, Kayo Dot - Dowsing Anemone With a Copper Tongue albums recently and decided to review all these three albums at the same time. I bought Bath a week earlier than the Kayo Dots. I will compare the three albums during the review a lot, so try not to let that bother too much. I’m trying to figure out the key for this amazingly evolving music. For these three reviews I got an idea to write down my thoughts and opinions about the albums during the time I listen the albums and section my experiences into parts. So, I decided to give four weeks of listening time hoping it would be enough. I will start this review with a section, where I comment about the albums in four parts. So a week of listening and some thoughts about that experience written in that particular week. I hope I made it clear enough. This paragraph can be found in all the three reviews.

The experience table,

--- First week:

I listened the album very much and have enjoyed it quite much. I really want to start listening the album every time I see it or think about it. First impression was that ”this could turn out to be real blastful of great music.” The songs are good, and these songs really give out something to grasp, unlike the two Kayo Dots. I couldn’t get into the songs completely during the first week of listening, but I really started to like most of the songs. ’They Aren’t All Beautiful’ is a bit brutal, but I like it. The first song is great. This song is perfect for relaxing and really concentrating into flying out from this planet. Rest of the songs seem to be very good stuff. But I really feel like I want to listen more.

Second week:

In the beginning of this week I enjoyed listening the album, but rest of the week I left the album alone. I really needed a short break. The songs really started to grow on me. The music needed no big, deep discoveries while the Kayo Dots haven’t opened to me at all during the first week, and I have doubts about the second as well. I see this record (Bath) as a very early stage of the evolving music of maudlin of the Well/Kayo Dot. Kayo Dot continues where maudlin of the Well left, after these two weeks, it really can be heard. It’s quite interesting actually, I mean how big the step was to the music of Kayo Dot.

Third week:

I’ve not listened the album much. Spinned it only couple of times, perhaps. I like it very much, but due to my furious listening in the beginning, my enthusiasm is quite low at the moment. Still, I see this record as a good package of great, and very interesting music. The best songs are: ’The Ferryman’, ’Girl With a Watering Can’ and ’Birth Pains of Astral Projection’ at this point. The upcoming last week should bring no extra enlightenments... Well, we shall see

Fourth week:

My listening period is over. Great experience, it really was. I really like all of the songs here, they are good packages of good music. The favourites are same as above. I listened the album quite much during the last week and concluded it with listening all the three albums in a row. ---

The beautiful first track ’The Blue Ghost/Shedding Qliphoth’ and the brutal ’They Aren't All Beautiful’ starts the album with interesting contrast. ’Heaven and Weak’ and ’The Ferryman’ includes some metal parts and some calm jazzy parts as well as soft and beautiful parts. The mellow ’Marid's Gift of Art’ and the powerful ’Girl With a Watering Can’. The jamming ’Birth Pains of Astral Projection’ with its psychedelic metal. And the last track, the soft ’Geography’. All the songs stand for the term good music. But nothing more. The album is very easy to listen, because all the songs have a decent structure. That is good thing. But that is the fact that doesn’t make this album special. This album serves as a decent quality music. There are great parts in some of the songs and not a single song that hasn’t got any good sides in it. I believe that almost everyone could enjoy this piece of work, or at least some parts of it. Quite enjoyable album. Not a masterpiece, not excellent addition, but a good album. I give this album three stars.

The Squirrel | 3/5 |

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