MAGMA WAVES – …And Who Will Take Care of You Now
I think we can all agree that the term post-rock is somewhat ambiguous and diffuse, but that is nevertheless the word that keeps popping up whenever yours truly immerses his coffee-soaked mind in this majestic 7-track opus of theirs. There is a cinematic quality to the band’s long and sprawling compositions that immediately stands out and draws you in without you knowing it. There are bombast and power to these well-crafted songs, but also a sense of introspection and a postmodern aura of displacement. They encompass just about everything from drama and tension to beauty and existential angst. Some of the melodies are so goddamn exquisite and glorious that it hurts while the more explosive and bleak parts of the album provide it with stark contrasts and a deeply unsettling atmosphere. The way in which those contrasts wrestle with each other within each piece is quite captivating. What appeals to me in particular is the way in which these guys manage to infuse their tunes with plenty of diversity and dynamics yet simultaneously make them sound hypnotic and almost trance-like. In other words, you will find both light and shade on this record of theirs not to mention loads of interesting nuances and layers – that is for damn sure. The musicianship is definitely worthy of praise and you can tell that Magma Waves are a talented ensemble, but it has to be said that the creative and inventive drumming stands out in particular.
"…And Who Will Take Care of You Now" may not be all-out thrilling or shock full of unexpected surprises as such, but it is undoubtedly a confident and consistent record that luckily never turns into a disorientating or inaccessible mess. It does have its genuinely mind-bending moments, so check it out if progressive music and/or post-rock appeals to you.