Maserati: Rehumanizer

Post-rockers remix the past to map the future.

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Channelling the full spectrum of 1970s cult rock, but especially prog and Krautrock, Maserati mix some predictably retro-cool record-collection references with a more commendable commitment to skull-pounding riffs and propulsive grooves.

Rehumanizer is the Athens, Georgia-based post-rock quartet’s first album recorded without outside producers and collaborators, though this doesn’t seem to have impacted significantly on their sound. Long instrumentals dominate, mostly analogue electronics layered with shuddering riffs and florid Floydian psych-out guitar solos, a mix that almost makes them sound like a heavy-metal Jean Michel Jarre on Montes Jura.

Vocals are minimal, though less processed and more prominent than usual. The doomy incantations on gnarly sludge-grinder Living Cell and the Vocodered robo-chants on the agreeably funky End Of Man certainly give these tracks the edge over longer instrumental pieces like the two-part title track, which builds up a mighty head of steam but then seems to go nowhere.

Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton has been writing about all things rock for more than 30 years, starting in the late Eighties at the New Musical Express (RIP) when it was still an annoyingly pompous analogue weekly paper printed on dead trees and sold in actual physical shops. For the last decade or so he has been a regular contributor to Classic Rock magazine. He has also written about music and film for Uncut, Vox, Prog, The Quietus, Electronic Sound, Rolling Stone, The Times, The London Evening Standard, Wallpaper, The Film Verdict, Sight and Sound, The Hollywood Reporter and others, including some even more disreputable publications.