Mazes, “Salford”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 08.13.14 in Listen to This

First things first: forget everything you know about Mazes. On “Salford,” from the group’s forthcoming Wooden Aquarium, they junk the bounding, unabashedly melodic guitar-indie that has defined their releases to date for something more tense and panicked. Over a twitching guitar line, the group delivers a series of affectless non sequitirs: “I am a punctual greeting,” “I am an honorary mention,” “I have hidden layers,” sounding like Wire reading a book of old Mad Libs. Even the chorus is a triple-knot, an explosion of guitar, a few clipped melodic phrases, then its right back into the monologue. It’s a nervy, nervous triumph.