Above the Horizon
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Maradeen are an American Rock band based out of the mecca of Nashville, TN. Above the Horizon is their sophomore album and was produced at Welcome to 1979 studios by Nick Worley and Moon Taxi’s Wes Bailey.
Although Maradeen categorize themselves as American Rock, the title is deceiving. The band capably cover a lot of ground on this album. For example, “Lost in a Dream” has an island flare to it that hearkens back to the 1950’s and 60’s surf scene while “Let You Be My Man” has a very contemporary sound (relying on talkboxes, synths, a saxophone solo, and a female lead vocal) that are not at all out of place in today’s Indie Rock/Art Rock scene at all.
I have to say though that my favorite moments are the ones that ring true to their chosen genre. The band embrace the influence of Bob Dylan and Tom Petty amazingly well because you feel it but you never once think they are trying to be them. Songs like the Western-flavored “Killer on the Edge of Town” and the rockier, bass-driven album opener “Deal With the Devil” are absolutely brilliant. My favorite moment comes from their first single, “Livin’ For the Weekend,” though. It’s a softer spoken, acoustic -based tune that has a catchy-as-hell melody that takes it straight to “anthem for the working class” territory.
Above the Horizon is very convincing evidence that the “sophomore slump” is a myth. What really strikes me here is how every song is brilliant for different reasons. While the album has a wonderful flow to it, it also feels like each track has a spotlight on it. Basically, any song off this album could be a hit single without detracting from the fact that this is very much an album. You just don’t meet albums like this very often. If you enjoy any of the aforementioned artists as well as Bruce Springsteen, Blur, The Allman Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and the like then you need to connect with Maradeen’s Above the Horizon.
Reviewed by mark1340