Album Review: Naked Maja-The Vagrant EP

Naked Maja are back again, with an EP as beautifully droning as anything Bjork put out in the 90’s, but devoid of the pretentiousness that accompanies the name Bjork. I’m sure I’ll cop some flak for that, but the point remains that I’d much rather fork out hard earned cash for something that Naked Maja released than some half-arsed synth note with her voice shat out on top of it.

ANYWAY! Brissy’s finest are back, and I’m excited. ‘The Vagrant’ EP is a work of art, as measured beats collapse on a post-rock foundation. The EP starts off with ‘The Vagrant’, a five minute, slow-burning mind expansion that honestly makes me jealous. It probably made HTRK jealous as well, such are the loving and careful walls built around the track. Although the bubbling vocals accompanying the heaped instrumentation (drums, keys, guitar et. al rock n roll) it holds a significantly less paranoid atmosphere, and more like something you’d ascend into heaven with.

The follow-up is ‘Out of Mind’, a track that wallows with a jaw-dropping notes. If the infamous Brown Note (a mythical note that can apparently make you shit yourself) existed, then it’s not-evil twin would be the gorgeously soft music protruding from ‘Out of Mind’. The track burns slowly but comfortably, and easily floats by with the same peace as finishing an assignment two weeks before hand in.

The soft weirdness continues with ‘Paradise’, a gentle, sloping thing that introduces some space vibes, of croning synth banshies spreading out their cries amongst the careening tune. Of all the songs on the EP, ‘Paradise’ is the one with the most stuff going on, with textures abound. Every second brings with it a new thing to be looked at, like an intergalactic zoo/any major street of Brisbane.

‘There Was A Sound’ rounds out the EP, with some more post-rock guitar infiltrating the track. If Roku Music were slowed down infinitely, and then all the noise was peeled back, it’d sound a bit like this. An element of schizophrenia is introduced, as the looming vocals are challenged with some slicing guitar and sinister drums. That sounds a bit poncy, but the finale of this track builds a wall as big as that thing from Game Of Thrones, only five times bigger and more interesting to look at.

Overall, on their latest EP, Naked Maja don’t break the mould they’ve built around themselves, but they certainly expand their appeal with this collection of soft, totally intriguing tunes.

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