Louder Than War’s Jay S Rawley finds that our new band of the day Maud’s music needs to be listened to, and the more you listen the more you will get from them.
As I sit writing this overview of the EP “The Navigation”, the first release from the band Maud, it really hits me. This is music to be listened to. I know, that sounds funny. I mean, all music is meant to be listened to, right? Let’s just say that these songs demand a bit more of our attention. Not to say you couldn’t put these in your iPod and go for a jog, but the closer you pay attention to these songs, the more you will get out of them. The trio consists of namesake Maud Waret, vocals and violin, Nikolaj Bjerre, percussion/kalimba, and finally Philippe Locke on keys and guitars. Live they bring in Diogenes Baptistella on guitar. So what do they sound like? Philippe described their music to me as “a bouillabaisse of Kate Bush, Bjork, Oasis, Laurie Anderson and Cinema strings..” Latitude, the lead track opens with a violin figure, but once the drums kick in we have a track that not only sounds great in headphones but also would sound great on a packed pumping dance floor. Next up is probably my favorite track (for now), from the EP, Deep Blue. You know how at the end of a movie they will roll credits over what turns out to be the coolest song of the movie? This could be that song. A brooding minor key piece of ear candy that just sticks in your head. I don’t speak French, so the lyrics to the next song, Seule, which Maud sings in French, I’m not sure about. But then again you don’t have to be. Just sit back and listen. Next up is Limbo, which opens with an ethereal vocal that makes one think of a choir in a cathedral, until it morphs into one of the more pulsing tracks here. The Urgency of the music really supports the lyrics, and again this would be great in a club. The final track is Lady Day, which was the first song they wrote they wrote together, and is an ode to Billie Holiday and other musicians we’ve lost, but whose music still moves people everywhere to this day.
This as yet unsigned North London band is currently writing and rehearsing material for their next full length album, which Philippe tells me will be more “rainforest music with a hook and a beat…” Very cool. Catching them live is a bit hit or miss right now, but I will be keeping an eye and an ear out. As for now, The Navigation is available on iTunes, with proceeds going towards Medecins Sans Frontieres, or you can listen and download them on Soundcloud here.
All words by Jay S Rawley. More work by Jay on Louder Than War can be found here.