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Review: 'MAFF'
'Melaniña EP'   

-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '2nd April 2018'

Our Rating:
They’ve already been compared to Swervedriver, Catherine Wheel, and Ride Bloodhounds on My Trail, and now Chilean purveyors of shoegaze, MAFF, follow up their 2015 debut album with a 5-track EP.

It may be layered, textured, and effects-laden, and the vocals may be mellow, melodic and bathed in reverb, but MAFF’s sound is sturdy, dense, and really quite rock ‘n’ roll – in the sense that The Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are rock ‘n’ roll.

Lead single, the driving ‘Desfile’ is a clear standout, with fractured, fizzing guitars gnawing away in the verses and providing a textural counterpoint to the soaring, spacious lead line. Then again, the beefed-up beats make ‘Hawaii’ a punchy, percussion-led song, and it boasts a breezy hook by way of a vocal melody, while the slow drift of ‘Deserts are Rainbows’ shows the band’s dreamier, more wistful side.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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MAFF - Melaniña EP