- Tuesday, March 01, 2005
- We're So Far Away
- Someone Else's Arms
- This Is the Countdown
- The Ocean
- Mistakes We Knew We Were Making
- Cover Me
- The Everglow
- Ready and Waiting to Fall
- The Sun and the Moon
This progressive power pop band got its start within Christian music, but soon developed a following with the indie rock club scene. Before long, they made considerable ripples in the mainstream market, helping their latest album debut at the top of the
Mae, hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, probably couldn't have anticipated the swift and strong response to their music. Their 2003 debut
Incidentally, Mae stands for Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience. The band's founders are keen on the idea of tapping into the sensation of music—how do our experiences and senses generate emotional responses through art and sound? They seem to have touched on something special here, with an exquisite sound and a booklet of artwork intended to complement the songs. Yet it's hard to peg why Mae tickles the senses so. We've heard similar-styled power pop bands before, nor is this the first to enhance the music with artwork. But Mae would be rich if they could bottle and sell whatever it is they've got.
Imagine Jimmy Eat World without the punk or Sanctus Real with more intricate musicianship. Some have characterized Mae as emo, but they're far more melodic and not as hard as most bands in that genre—like Sunny Day Real Estate and The Juliana Theory with stronger pop sensibilities. Glistening piano and keyboards intertwine with guitar solos and dense power chords, all grounded by a confident rhythm section that's not afraid to let fly some atypical patterns and fills. It doesn't hurt to have Ken Andrews (Pete Yorn, Blink 182) producing either, and lead vocalist Dave Elkins sounds better this time blending into the overall mix. This is an exceptionally good band, with all five members playing and embellishing with distinction throughout.
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