Release Date: Nov 11, 2013
Record label: FatCat Records
Mazes are a bunch of smart alecs. Back in 2010, they were the flavour of the month in the bulging lo-fi scene, because they best replicated the radiance of Pavement’s effortlessly cool breezy rock. Earlier this year though, the London three piece reinvented themselves with the clever ‘Ores and Minerals’, packed with intricate guitar loops and monotonous kraut-like drums.Given the extent of this transformation, eavesdropping into their rehearsal room would be a fascinating proposition.
“Manchester, so much to answer for” said a bequiffed bloke with a book many moons ago. Never has a truer word been sung about a city. Decade after decade of classic bands. Then nothing. At. All. Mazes might not be the saviours of the damp city, but they’re a damn lot better than all of the ….
Mazes’ 2011 debut record was full of reckless abandon, but their path since has been more suited to trippy evenings in. Just eight months on from the release of their second full-length, this mini-album (eight songs bookended by an instrumental intro and outro) delves even further into psychedelic territory. Yet this is also a trip back in time, with the likes of ‘Cicada’ and ‘Organ Harvest’ recalling the heyday of 1960s free love, albeit with a Mancunian bent.
Two years ago, Mazes were just another band in an expansive lot of indie rock tunesmiths digging through the scraps of the lo-fi movement of the ’90s. The Manchester three-piece sounded convincing enough on their 2011 debut, A Thousand Heys, that few would have complained if they had stuck to honing their Pavement-inspired sounds. But, as it turns out, that wasn’t to be their fate.