Monday 5 August 2013

Maria False - Death/Mary

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Looking for something to blow those Monday morning cobwebs away? This new single from French shoegazers Maria False should be just the ticket. Usual rules apply: fuzzy guitars by the truck-load, heavily distorted sound, a solid, crashing beat, vocals that fit snugly within the surrounding din, and not forgetting the beautiful melodies buried underneath it all. Formed in 2012, this double A-side single is from their recent 'Spots And Lines In A Frame' EP and is as scuzzy and wonderful as any shoegaze we've heard so far this year.

It's always cliche o'clock when describing music like this, but if it fits and it's understood then where's the problem? Maria False don't offer much that you won't have heard before, but their style of noise is more serrated than some (think A Place To Bury Strangers or Ceremony) and hits you like a whirlwind. 'Death' is an amazingly melodic racket that shows these guys can write tuns and also displays the fact that they can turn these tunes into sonic onslaughts. 'Mary' just about edges it here, purely because the melody is that little bit sweeter, although the focal point is more screeching and groaning guitar and some thoroughly battered drums. A good job, very well done.

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