This may give you the impression that the decision on how good the new Maccabees album is going to be has already been made. Perhaps, it has something to do with the release of two astounding songs and a appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The first release, Pelican sees The Maccabees sound growing, becoming much more epic without being detrimental to their past sound. Similar to the number one album of 2011 from Bombay Bicycle Club. They haven’t lost their roots with any of the releases so far, which many will be glad to hear, particularly in the more subtle Feel To Follow (although the second half of the track is so far from subtle – another epic wall of guitars). The Live Lounge performance of Child is what really made me take notice of this release early – three and a half minutes of beautiful calm before the massive storming crescendo of vocals (rather than the guitar based Feel To Follow) If your going to listen to any, please make it Child – actually scrap that listen to them all and then buy the album next Monday.
Feel To Follow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQfYNHyFZ_0&ob=av2n
Pelican (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3xLEdeefvs&feature=related
Child (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0UOfM-rMtU&feature=related
It has to be said that it’s looking very unlikely that The Maccabees are going to fall into the weak third album trap after hearing these. It will be very shocking if the rest of this record is not up to the same standard. Is an epic career defining album looming? It certainly seems likely. At very least the world has gained three extremely beautiful songs.
Due: 9th January 2012
Oscar B. Wilson