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Not for Want of Trying - Maybeshewill MaybeshewillNot for Want of Trying

Field Records

After a long miserable day at work, it's not very often that this hack slips on an album for the very first time on the tube journey home and immediately thinks, "Wow". The feat is even more remarkable when you take into account the fact that it's being listened to whilst being crammed in like cattle with our face pushed firmly into the sweaty armpit of a 50-something city worker with serious body odour issues.

Dealing in a brand of largely instrumental post-rock that's going to attract inevitable comparisons to scene big-hitters like Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky, in truth Maybeshewill are much more aligned to the wonderfully panoramic world of 65daysofstatic. Evidence of this comes by way of first track proper 'Seraphim & Cherubim', with its glitchy beats and elevating rhythms passing more than the odd resemblance to Sheffield's finest. However, that's not for one second to suggest the Leicester-based four-piece are hanging onto anyone else's coattails. Thanks to a quite brilliant self-done production job, Not for Want of Trying is a quite unique and utterly compelling listen from start to finish. From the driving metallic riffs of 'We Called For An Ambulance But A Fire Engine Came' and the savage guitars of the frantic title track, to the frankly gorgeous 'Heartflusters' and 'He Films The Clouds Pt. 2', this is highly disparate record that delights with its stunning array of moving moments and surprising left-turns.

Simply put, it may only be spring time, but with Not for Want of Trying Maybeshewill have just laid a strong claim for producing the best British debut album of the year. Astonishing stuff.

Rating: 5/5 by Dan Jones

Tracklisting

  1. Ixnay On The Autoplay
  2. Seraphim & Cherubim
  3. The Paris Hilton Sex Tape
  4. I'm In Awe, Amadeus!
  5. We Called For An Ambulance But A Fire Engine Came
  6. Heartflusters
  7. C.N.T.R.C.K.T.
  8. He Films The Clouds Pt. 2
  9. Not For Want Of Trying
  10. Takotsubo

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