March ’13 CD of the Month: “Ores & Minerals” by Mazes
A lot of influences come to mind when listening to the new album by Mazes; the squiggly guitar licks of the Pixies, the minimal grooves of krautrock, the loose swagger of the Kinks…but even as the Manchester outfit flares their love for rock bands of the past, Mazes’ new album Ores & Minerals showcases an exciting new voice from the garage rock scene, one that is determined to find the common ground between disparate areas of musical influence.
Using an Unknown Mortal Orchestra-esque approach to fuzz, Mazes’ music embodies a twee bounce while marching forward with all the cool confidence of a great Wilco track. Loose guitars spin around each other to spell out loose yet swaggering riffs, as vocalist Jack Cooper leads each song with his modest yet grounding voice, Ores & Minerals feels not unlike a Television record, stuffed with exciting pop ideas but never losing its sense of humor or tasteful touch. Mazes are a rock band with a true sense of joy, and the songs on Ores & Minerals demonstrate that in glorious fashion.