Maybeshewill – Fair Youth

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Maybeshewill – Fair Youth
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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

You won’t find a single vocalized idea on MaybeSheWill’s fourth album, Fair Youth, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t full of luxurious poetry. With previous albums the Leicestershire five-piece have built albums around vocal samples, verbalized ideas that provide an island in a swirling, tempestuous ocean. Fair Youth has nothing but the horizon to hold it back.

This does mean the pointed activism that’s fueled them thus far is sidelined. Simple ideas of change are dwarfed next to the soaring emotions of everyday. Because that’s what Fair Youth wallows in. There are songs of hope, joy, sorrow and regret. It doesn’t pull you this way, or that. Fair Youth is the reassuring hand on your shoulder. To describe individual songs, or summarise how the instruments fit together would be inconsequential. For an instrumental band, MaybeSheWill have more important things to do. Fair Youth is grand and majestic. It’s intimate and subtle. It’s whatever you need it to be at the moment of immersion, and their horizon could well be infinite.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

 

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~ by justdip on 05/09/2014.

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