Hear Mazes' Gleeful, Guitar-Riffing 'Astigmatism'

From 'Wooden Aquarium' due September 8 on Fat Cat

Hear Mazes' Tensile Ode to Blurred Vision 'Astigmatism'
Hear Mazes' Tensile Ode to Blurred Vision 'Astigmatism'
WRITTEN BY
Colin Joyce

Since 2011, U.K. indie rock trio Mazes has churned out two full-length records of peppy and purring lo-fi balladry, and in September they're set to follow those up with another ramshackle collection called Wooden Aquarium. Today they've emerged with the first single from that album — a malleable '90s-indebted ode to blurred vision called "Astigmatism." Aided by Parquet Courts producer Jonathan Schenke, the band moves into decidedly more expansive territory. Though reliant on a roiling Royal Trux-esque guitar riff, "Astigmatism" finds Mazes working in widescreen, tossing in some gleeful multi-tracked vocalizations, and a bilious backward guitar solo for good measure. It's well within the tradition of the rear-view gazing the trio have indulged in over the course of their previous efforts, but this new track finds them more balanced and surefooted than ever. Pre-order Wooden Aquarium over at the Fat Cat site in advance of its September 8 release.

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