March 23, 2007

Missing Maxїmo

Maxїmo Park - I copy pasted the ї from the character map...

Maxїmo Park are a brilliant band. Nuff said.

Our Earthly Pleasures comes out later this month, and if the signals and signs of Our Velocity are anything to go by, it will be another cracker. I’ve got here a few b-side tracks from the album Missing Songs. Compilations like this always seem like a cop-out, a money maker for poor souls like me trying to get every track possible. But here, the tracks are of top quality (minus the demos), worthy enough to sit alongside many of the album tracks. Which is praise enough, because I can’t think of a single track on A Certain Trigger that it could do without.

Fear Of Falling is actually the second song I heard, coming from the Apply Some Pressure single. It stops and starts and surprises like all good pop should, constantly changing yet sounding seamless in its transitions. It’s almost a shame they don’t stretch the ideas out into a longer song, it being over before you know it.

Stray Talk is an acoustic number, somehow transferring their melodic interplay to a stripped down production. A welcome departure from manic energy, but still it only gives you a couple of minutes breath before the next track. In a recent interview, they mentioned more acoustic tracks being played with for use as b-sides which, from this account, is a great idea.

The final track here is a remix of I Want You To Stay by the glorious Field Music. A piano lifted from the intro to Cheers leads us down the stairs and we are invited to stay with Paul for a drink or two. With the Field Music boys we are gifted to a gorgeous reinterpretation of the song, all bouncing piano and effortless lead guitar lines. ‘You know the way I feel’ closes out the song and with it you also know its a place you wouldn’t mind returning to for another night.

From Missing Songs (2006):
Maxїmo Park – Fear Of Falling MP3 Expired
Maxїmo Park – Stray Talk MP3 Expired
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From I Want You To Stay single (2006):
Maxїmo Park – I Want You To Stay (Field Music Mix) MP3 Expired
[Buy]

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  1. Can’t wait to listen to these when I get home from the office tonight! Our Velocity is a great track, and I’ve heard (Lauren Laverne on Xfm) that the new album’s even better than the last one.

    23 Mar 2007, 10:18

  2. Mathew Mannion

    The new album is very good, and I think it’s better than the last one. Unfortunately, none of it really stands up to Our Velocity in terms of danceability and greatness (much like Graffiti on the last album).

    Definitely worth your pennies, though.

    23 Mar 2007, 11:51

  3. Nick Howes

    I’ve had that Field Music remix stuck in my head for 4 days now. Thanks!

    27 Mar 2007, 17:16


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