Mazes – Mazes

January 01, 1970

(Parasol)

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Taking a temporary sojourn from their roles within the Chicago outfit the 1900s,
Mazes’ mainstays Edward Anderson and Caroline Donovan – along with pal Charles
D’Autremont — offer a set of sensuous songs dappled with hints of soft
psychedelia and dayglo appeal.  The band
barely breaks a sweat, but their giddy exuberance and effusive sentiments
suggest an intimacy that shores up their charms and ensures an immediate
connection.  The mood varies only
modestly, circumventing a narrow divide that takes them from a lilt to a
shimmer.

 

The buoyant album opener “Manual Systems” sets the tone, a
giddy romp that confirms their effervescent attitude.  The lithe “News from Day One,” the quiet
drift of “Song for Helen” and the earnest shuffle of “Face Down on Forest
Roads” maintain the mellow pace without letting things slip into lethargy.  Wistful and sublime, Mazes don’t exactly
amaze, but then again that’s obviously not their intention.  Recorded on the sly – in both recording
studios as well as their apartments – it’s deliberately DIY.  Still, with all the chaos and confusion that
plagues modern existence, there’s something to be said for serenity.  Clearly Mazes make the most of that.

 

Standout tracks: “Manual Systems,”
“Face Down on Forest Roads” LEE ZIMMERMAN

 

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