Release Date: Sep 18, 2012
Record label: Function
Genre(s): Instrumental, Pop/Rock, Post-Rock
Review Summary: Maybeshewill prove once more that they're worthy of the hyperbole that's been heaped on them over the years, for "I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone" is a beautiful and engrossing experience.Gone are the days where exploding climaxes and beautiful, sweeping melodies would make any post-rock fan swoon. The simple days, the days where Explosions in the Sky and Mono reigned with their pretty guitar noodling and egregious cymbal crashes, these days are no more. It’s harder to get by on these things, truly it is, as many a fan have gotten wise, and hailed such things as tepid and stale.
Ball-bustingly intense and breathtakingly beautiful, lovely! The gestation period for this third record from Leicester instrumentalists Maybeshewill purportedly involved 18 months of intense writing and recording. Just as well, then, that it’s the most ball-bustingly intense and breathtakingly beautiful thing they’ve done. Written as “the soundtrack to an as-yet-unimagined film”, at its most overwhelming, in the likes of ‘Farewell Sarajevo’, it borders on genuinely harrowing – in the very best way.
Bearing the musical equivalent of a 5am, head-exploding hangover – but in a good way – the Leicester post-rock foursome’s new record is instrumental, atmospheric, noisy brilliance that gets right inside the battered crevices of your skull and pounds on the sides.Their first studio-recorded album, after working on the other two in a spare bedroom, took a grand total of 18 months to put together and is reminiscent of the likes of [a]65daysofstatic[a], [a]Mogwai[/a] and [a]Glassjaw[/a]. Epic guitars, crashing drums and intense keys – it’s a dramatic record that will shake your bones.Abby TayleureOrder a copy of Maybeshewill’s ‘I Was Here For Awhile,Then I Was Gone’ from Amazon .
For many, post-rock is a genre that’s worn out its welcome. What was once a music scene that cleverly subverted typical expectations has now become, well, bands that sound like Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. And while Maybeshewill’s third LP I Was Here for a Moment, Then I Was Gone doesn’t do much in changing the formula now ingrained in the genre (the title is a dead giveway), it does do a great job of reinvigorating seemingly unsaveable tropes.