The Upshot: Space rock that offers the perfect combinations of motorik rhythms, spaced-out guitar licks and synthesizer color.
BY MICHAEL TOLAND
Music trends come and go, but good space rock never goes out of style, thankfully. Maserati definitely have it down on sixth album Rehumanizer. “No Cave” and “Montes Jura” are practically textbook examples, perfect combinations of motorik rhythms, spaced-out guitar licks and synthesizer color. “End of Man” adds robotic vocals to the mix, making the cut reminiscent of obscure French wackos Rockets. “Living Cell” provides a quick bit of variety – with unmodified vocals and a melody built on something other than repetition, it’s more of a straight psych trip than one into the deepest reaches of space.
But that kind of voyage is what the LP is all about, culminating in the two-part title track, a masterclass in space rock dynamics, propulsion and tunefulness. If you’ve ever fantasized about Hawkwind going motorik, Rehumanizer is your dream come true.
DOWNLOAD: “No Cave,” “Rehumanizer I & II,” “End of Man”