maïak delivers a dark and powerful post-rock that evolves between tenuous melancholy and chaotic blast. They all share a penchant for long, slowly fluctuating and ascending compositions and a fondness for saturated tube amps when it comes to make a point. Their music somehow always manages to catch the listener by surprise and unleash her or his emotions, be it sorrow or pure furor.
Their new album "a lie we don’t believe anymore" is here. It took the band quite some time to come up with a sequel to the noticed debut album "a pleasant way to die".
Most of the music maïak creates is the result of improvisations that just started and evolved around a simple original idea; like a melody, a riff, a line, or even a noise. For each of the tracks they have composed for this new opus, they have struggled for months, finding the right transition, cutting through whole segments, changing the order of elements or just chasing the climax they had reached without being then able to remember how they got there.
The result is astonishing. Everything you would expect from maïak is there: eerie atmospheres, tenuous laments, never-ending seething tensions, overwhelming guitar screams apotheosis, storming chaos.
From its solemn entry to its nostalgic resolution, despair haunts every movement, each of the five tracks resolutely differs from the others, like a cavern differs from a sea. Yet somehow each of them echoes in the others, fully complementarily.