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Maybeshewill – I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone – Album Review

Maybeshewill – I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone – Album Review
Website: http://maybeshewill.net/
Fans Of: Long Distance Calling, Mogwai, Vessels
Label: Function Records
Download This: Critical Distance, Take This To Heart, Red Paper Lanterns
Genre(s): Instrumental / Soundscape
Release Date: 30/05/11

Wow. I’m not sure how I’m going to talk about Maybeshewill’s new release at all. Thankfully for you, I’m not one to shy away from giving it a good go. The Leicester quartet’s new album I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone is perfectly named as this stunning work is all over far too soon.

Thankfully, there are so many things to hear. Maybeshewill have perfected layering different tracks and bringing them together seamlessly that I frequently convinced myself I was hearing things. Well, obviously I was hearing things, but I thought I was making up what I heard. You know what I mean. The album flows so beautifully with samples from previous tracks reflected in the next, giving the feeling that each track was not standalone, but part of a bigger picture, yet at the same time, each track tells a different story.

I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone opens with, at the risk of alienating readers, a very pretty opening track simply named ‘Opening’. I love the twinkly piano parts, soon accompanied by beefier drums, adding a kick that still somehow fills you with a sense of awe. The layering is fantastic, each new instrument makes me just want to shout ‘YES!!’ What a mind blowing start to an album and it just doesn’t stop. The momentum keeps building in the heavier ‘Take This To Heart’. Allow yourself to be swept away by it, I promise you’re in for a treat.

‘Red Paper Lanterns’ makes me feel so happy, I could cry. In fact, I did. I said that there were stories in each of these tracks. Here I heard a little robot, flying around happily, a robot not dissimilar to Wall-E. Then he short circuits. Welcome to my mind.

Maybeshewill’s latest single release, ‘Critical Distance’, can only be described as a euphoric anthem. ‘Accolades’ visits so many difference sounds and tempos that I was often left thinking ‘How on earth did we get here?’ Their brilliance never gets old. Again, with ‘An End to Camraderie’, there are so many different sounds fading in and out, I don’t know what I should be listening to. There’ll be a particular electronic track playing before disappearing amongst heavy guitars, then light piano music, but it sounds perfect.

‘Words for Arabella’ is a calmer piece, yet the moment you think ‘there’s not a lot going on’ all of a sudden, something new is brought in, showing Maybeshewill’s talent for generously surprising the listener with new twists and turns.

There is so much more to say, but I don’t have the time, words or the room to try and do it justice. I urge you to invest in this album. Despite my mentions of prettyness, there’s something for everyone. I’ll never tire of this album, attempting to pick apart the layers of music in the sunshine, closing my eyes and wanting nature to keep its voice down so I could hear everything. The only fault is that you can’t find anything right to listen to after. Well, I haven’t been able to, so it’s silence for the rest of the day.