In review: Mazeppa – Storm

Israeli shoegaze collective Mazeppa have just dropped their latest single Storm, showcasing their unique brand of psychedelia-slash-art-rock.

The Haifa-based quartet is the brainchild of Michal Perez Noy, stemming from a 2017 project intended to compose songs featuring the lyrics of Rainer Maria Rilke. As such, their sound is part original material, part German poetry – an intriguing mix, for sure, but we’re keen to see where this is going.

With their debut album set for release in September 2019, the group recently shared their new track Storm.  Recorded exclusively in analogue, it’s a delicious mix of a melting-pot of influences – Velvet Underground and The Doors to name a pair – plus, this experimental, Krautrock-inspired record has a dense harmonic texture and mesmeric vocal line, complementing each other beautifully.

With fluid movement and an ethereal, weightless sound, they describe themselves as creating a “musical language” that moves between various worlds. Joined by produced Benjamin Esterlis, the result is an eerie, celestial composition that’ll linger in your mind long after it’s over. We’re trying to find something similar as a point of comparison, but to be honest, it’s a bit of a struggle. Their sound is totally unique and rather spellbinding – this reviewer definitely hasn’t heard anything quite like it in a long time.

There’s something quietly sublime about this record – maybe it’s the curious atmosphere, slick percussion, or reverb-rich guitar parts. Either way, our interest has been piqued and we’re keen to see what else Mazeppa have in store for us.

Like what you hear? Take a look at Mazeppa’s Bandcamp, Facebook and iTunes for more music coming soon!

 

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