It was back in October 2017 that the jazz-funk sextet of Luke Novak, Matthew Halsall, Richard Bowman, Evesham Nicholas, Martin and Ryan Szanyi – Late TV – based in London (England) – last featured. In February they will be releasing the single Great Gulfs.
Great Gulfs finds the band in mellowed mood in a track that winds gently though the room as though borne on fluffy pillows and initially invites the listener to step shoulder to shoulder with a partner, though as the song develops so the embrace becomes ever more tenderly close.
The retrospective melody of the track, which glides elegantly through the room, wraps the audience in a sense of warm, cushioned serenity towards the world around.
Maff is the dark-shoegaze quartet of Richi (Vocal / Bass / Guitar), Nek (Drums), Martin (Guitar) and Talo (Guitar / Bass / Vocal / Synth) from Santiago in Chile.
The luxuriant textures of sound waft around the room like a drifting perfume, to which Maff add a brooding presence which is formed by the shapes produced by the synth and a heavy bass line. The slightly gauzed music is given shifts of context through instrumental and vocal switching allowing the quartet to take inject the material with varying layers of atmosphere.
The voluminous tracks are given plenty of space to develop as the tempo remains subdued, enabling Maff to deliver music in which the echo and reverb are able to catch-up in the delays. Giving the audience the sense of rolling waves of sound in which to allow the mind to flow with the moments.
The overall effect is one of a psychedelic trip and although the mood is dark, it doesn’t lead to nightmares as there is an intrinsic beauty in the music, that will leave you wanting the pieces to extend further in time and take the brain with them.
Maff released their début eponymous LP earlier this year and given this offering, the quartet look set to continue to release material that needs to be added to the collection, which is best taken in large doses to allow the compositions to do their thing.