As far as post-rock goes, it’s safe to say that the playmakers are Explosions in the Sky (album also placed in the longlist) and Mogwai. They’re not the be all and end all of the genre however as countless bands are emerging with hugely interesting concepts and takes on the idea. One such band is Leicester group MaybeSheWill.
Following on from their first two albums, I Was Here For A Moment… is their third and possibly most defining to date. Mixing the intricate and delicate lines of Explosions with the rock edge of Mogwai. Whilst track one, Opening is serene, it builds into Take This To Heart which is an exhillerating and part synthesized orchestration that’s put together brilliantly. The production on the album is done strongly and with tracks such as Red Paper Lanterns, it soars. Literally everything from the beautiful artwork down to the precise volume of each line has been thought about and it comes together so well. Better still, all but one track clocks in at under 5:30, making it just as listenable on shuffle as anything else on your iPod.
It’s only #5 in this year’s Fireworks list simply because Not For Want Of Trying is arguably that little bit better and the lack of voice samples in tracks like Words for Arabella that made Maybeshewill such a standout band in their last two efforts. It trails off towards the latter end, however each track is so intrinsically hypnotising that it’s hard to care by that point in the record.
The album is available to stream direct from the band’s bandcamp where you can also download it for just a fiver or 50p a track. Can’t say fairer than that.
Take care of each other