Release Date: Oct 30, 2015
Record label: Temporary Residence
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
Maserati has existed in the peripheral since forming 15 years ago. Even as the Athens, Georgia band’s sound morphed it always seemed to be pushing against the current musical climes. Not much has changed on Maserati’s latest. Rehumanizer brings the band’s best qualities into one concise package, while continuing on their space rock continuum.
Review Summary: Bring life back to music...Maserati have always been oddballs in the music scene, having jumped from one style to another, switching genres as they preferred. Even if the output was at times heavier or leaning on a post rock atmosphere, these guys have kept their electronic influences intact. With VIIp, the band shed most of the distorted guitars in favor of intricate, effects-soaked interplay, favoring a straightforward, digital route significantly influenced by their current drummer, Mike Albanese.
By the time Rehumanizer arrived in 2015, the fusion of post-rock, John Carpenter's film music, and space rock -- of which Maserati are prime examples -- had been going on long enough that it felt due for a revival (indeed, Carpenter also released his first non-score music that year). Maserati's discography is wide and deep enough that they can easily draw on aspects of what they've already done, especially since they were forced to reinvent themselves after drummer Jerry Fuchs' death in 2009. Since his passing, the band has focused on their proggier, spacier aspects than their dance leanings, a transition that started with 2012's Maserati VII.
Post-rockers remix the past to map the future. Channelling the full spectrum of 1970s cult rock, but especially prog and Krautrock, Maserati mix some predictably retro-cool record-collection references with a more commendable commitment to skull-pounding riffs and propulsive grooves. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads .
We find ourselves in a hyper-futuristic landscape organized by neon grids and geometric shapes. In this world Atari is king, Tangerine Dream is the biggest band on earth, and William Gibson novels outsell Harry Potter and the Twilight books combined. Here, nostalgia for the late 1970s and early 1980s coincides perfectly with a fetishistic fascination with the future, or at least what people in 1978 thought the future might be like.
Music trends come and go, but good space rock never goes out of style, thankfully. Maserati definitely have it down on sixth album Rehumanizer. “No Cave” and “Montes Jura” are practically textbook examples, perfect combinations of motorik rhythms, spaced-out guitar licks and synthesizer color. “End of Man” adds robotic vocals to the mix, making the cut reminiscent of obscure French wackos Rockets.