Maïak

Maïak is a post-rock band from Geneva / Switzerland, composing amazing instrumentals.

Composers: Marc Bettens, Antoine Froidevaux, David Di Lorenzo & Stéphane Riederer

Biography
  • Years Active2010 – present (10 years)

Created in 2010 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Maïak is composed of four musicians influenced by wide dynamics of post-rock soundscapes and fearless to experiment sudden shifts of atmospheres.

The group was named after Maïak, a nuclear facility in the Soviet Union, where one of the worst nuclear disasters of all times took place and despite its dramatic consequences, stayed hidden for decades.

Filled with the symbolic weight of a catastrophe that arose as the punishment of man’s guilty arrogance in an outburst remained silent, Maïak delivers a dark and powerful instrumental rock that evolves between tenuous melancholy and chaotic blast.

“A Very Pleasant Way to Die” is the pure post-rock at its best.” says Taner Torun, our label founder.

Recorded with a certain sense of urgency (three days session for forty two minutes of pure post-rock music), “A Very Pleasant Way to Die” wanders through the different colours of the band’s aural palette. The album seethes with raw energy.

The five tracks share complex constructions, blending murky soothing melodies with outbursts of powerful clamour and noiseful explorations. You would at times crave to lie down and gaze at the stars, but you would soon feel the urge to bounce back on your feet and bang your head until you break your neck.

Their new album “a lie we don’t believe anymore” is here. It took the band quite some time to come up with a sequel to the noticed debut album “a pleasant way to die”.

Most of the music maïak creates is the result of improvisations that just started and evolved around a simple original idea; like a melody, a riff, a line, or even a noise. For each of the tracks they have composed for this new opus, they have struggled for months, finding the right transition, cutting through whole segments, changing the order of elements or just chasing the climax they had reached without being then able to remember how they got there.

The result is astonishing. Everything you would expect… from maïak is there: eerie atmospheres, tenuous laments, never-ending seething tensions, overwhelming guitar screams apotheosis, storming chaos.

From its solemn entry to its nostalgic resolution, despair haunts every movement, each of the five tracks resolutely differs from the others, like a cavern differs from a sea. Yet somehow each of them echoes in the others, fully complementarily.

Maïak lineup, biography | Last.fm

Discography

a lie we don’t believe anymore

a lie we don’t believe anymore | maïak (bandcamp.com)

1.hochrobotisiert fast keine leute 08:25
2.the gasoline and the match on a glad beautiful spring day 06:37
3.now watch this drive 07:42
4.the light footprint of a predator hellfire 11:35
5.анушка (01.06.1948-16.06.1987) 09:08
about
FLTTRY174
Release Date: November 22, 2019
© Fluttery Records

maïak delivers a dark and powerful post-rock that evolves between tenuous melancholy and chaotic blast. They all share a penchant for long, slowly fluctuating and ascending compositions and a fondness for saturated tube amps when it comes to make a point. Their music somehow always manages to catch the listener by surprise and unleash her or his emotions, be it sorrow or pure furor.

Their new album “a lie we don’t believe anymore” is here. It took the band quite some time to come up with a sequel to the noticed debut album “a pleasant way to die”.

Most of the music maïak creates is the result of improvisations that just started and evolved around a simple original idea; like a melody, a riff, a line, or even a noise. For each of the tracks they have composed for this new opus, they have struggled for months, finding the right transition, cutting through whole segments, changing the order of elements or just chasing the climax they had reached without being then able to remember how they got there.

The result is astonishing. Everything you would expect… from maïak is there: eerie atmospheres, tenuous laments, never-ending seething tensions, overwhelming guitar screams apotheosis, storming chaos.

From its solemn entry to its nostalgic resolution, despair haunts every movement, each of the five tracks resolutely differs from the others, like a cavern differs from a sea. Yet somehow each of them echoes in the others, fully complementarily.
credits
released November 22, 2019

A Lie We Don’t Believe Anymore – YouTube

A Very Pleasant Way to Die

A Very Pleasant Way to Die | maïak (bandcamp.com)

1.Nutributter Green Is People 09:43
2.I Am Not a Man, I Am a Free Number 11:12
3.A Fond Poster Girl For Tatmadaw 06:17
4.Sometimes You’ve Got To Take the Hardest Line 08:44
5.We All Live In a Yellow Kursk 04:41
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FLTTRY079
Release Date: 20 March 2015
© 2015 Fluttery Records
http://www.flutteryrecords.com

Created in 2010 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Maïak is composed of four musicians influenced by wide dynamics of post-rock soundscapes and fearless to experiment sudden shifts of atmospheres.

The group was named after Maïak, a nuclear plant in the Soviet Union, where one of the worst nuclear disasters of all times took place and despite its dramatic consequences, stayed hidden for decades.

Filled with the symbolic weight of a catastrophe that arose as the punishment of man’s guilty arrogance in an outburst remained silent, Maïak delivers a dark and powerful instrumental rock that evolves between tenuous melancholy and chaotic blast.

“A Very Pleasant Way to Die” is the pure post-rock at its best.” says Taner Torun, our label founder.

Recorded with a certain sense of urgency (three days session for forty two minutes of pure post-rock music), “A Very Pleasant Way to Die” wanders through the different colours of the band’s aural palette. The album seethes with raw energy.

The five tracks share complex constructions, blending murky soothing melodies with outbursts of powerful clamour and noiseful explorations. You would at times crave to lie down and gaze at the stars, but you would soon feel the urge to bounce back on your feet and bang your head until you break your neck.
credits
released March 20, 2015

MAiAK – YouTube

Videos

Untitled Kingdom EP is out now and available on itunes: http://apple.co/2sHpZz3
google music: http://bit.ly/2rJsrbb
Director/editor – Olga Zhurba
DOP – Yura Bakun
Actor – Alexandr Filipov (KARAKULI DANCE THEATRE)
Costume design – Lera Pechenaya
Art deparment – Dasha Kucherova & Yaroslav Morgackiy

MAiAK – YouTube

Music | maïak (bandcamp.com)

(5) Maïak | Facebook

Plate review

Without Words: A Very Pleasant Way To Die

As a guest post in heartcooksbrain

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A band that bears the name of the third largest nuclear accident in history presents a beautiful way to die. Well, who doesn’t like to listen in?

By Martin Smeets, heartcooksbrain

It’s a weird thing with these post-rock bands. Sometimes they hide their Hörer_innen very purposefully by song and album titles, sometimes they hide behind their own legend and a lot of ambient and sometimes they drift towards pussy song sketches or straight deep into kitsch. Quite “normal” post-rock does anyway anno today not even the far too often tried dog behind the oven. Except Masak, perhaps.

They take the often and so far wrongly proclaimed “Postrock ist dead” quote to the motto and call their new record A Very Pleasant Way To Die. That sounds pretty life-weary, at least judging by the title. And in combination with the not randomly chosen band name, this album actually surrounds a not very joyful symbolism: a band that bears the name of the third largest nuclear accident in history to date, a beautiful way to die. Well, who doesn’t like to listen in?

All those who dare to do just that quickly realize: Despite all the surrounding morbidity, it is worth strolling through this plate every now and then. In order to look at Nutributter Green Is People, which as an opener initially adorns itself with melancholy guitar figures. And after just under six minutes, it becomes a power-protz with powerful chords and upset gestures. You almost overlook the gloriously evil title. No wonder he is not alone. Everywhere the references and projection surfaces that need to be filled beckon. An offer besides the music to open another dimension of this album.

That one is not, of course, forced to accept. After all, the five pieces also have a lot to offer. It is noticeable that Masak rely pleasantly little on repititive stylistic means and consequently only roll out their tension arcs for as long as absolutely necessary. Nice side effect: Even a monster of eleven minutes, as I’m Not A Man, I’m A Free Number is, gets to the point for the first time after just under a third of the season. And it still has plenty of time to take new directions and scatter some surprises.

This is a possibility that you must of course also use. At this point, however, the band misses some chances and thus leaves a part of their own potential fallow. A Fond Poster Girl For Tatmandaw, to which all possibilities would be open, must be an example of this. It’s almost a disgrace that in the end he only makes a post-rocker off the pole from the song. Precisely because the final and similarly functioning We All Live In A Yellow Kursk shows how it could go. But these are scratches that only marginally disturb the overall impression. A Very Pleasant Way To Die is not only a worthwhile album for Genreliebhaber_innen. Full of hints and possibilities, full of good ideas. That make every additional word superfluous.

Ohne Worte: Maïak – A Very Pleasant Way To Die » Regensburg Digital (regensburg-digital.de)

Stupendous Swiss band, dark melodies with a fantastic cadence, tenuous growing and vigorous textures, sliding and precise chords, refined arrangements that provide a deepening of the senses in an inspection to the point of bursting in ecstasy for the performance of the band.

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