After releasing three albums under the Maudlin Of The Well banner, main composer and multi-instrumentalist Toby Driver decided to pull the plug and continue exploring new grounds with his Kayo Dot project. Due to overwhelming fan request Driver eventually started to record another Maudlin Of The Well record. He asked the fans to donate money in order to commence working on the new album. In return those people would be credited as executive producers. The whole plan worked like a charm with a new Maudlin Of The Well entitled Part The Second as a result.
Oddly enough Part The Second has more in common with Kayo Dot, then with albums like Bath/Leaving Your Body Map and My Fruit PsychoBells. Gone are any traces of extreme metal. Driver and Co decided to move firmly into a way more avant-garde, jazz influenced style of post rock with lots of progressive undertones. It’s the same kind of transformation that Cynic underwent with Traced In Air.
The main difference with Kayo Dot records such as Choirs Of The Eye and Blue Lambency Downward is that the compositions on Part The Second are more structured as whole, instead of the more avant-garde approach of the aforementioned records. Even within the restrictions of Part The Second there’s enough going on in terms of atmosphere, unorthodox song structures, unusual time changes and whatnot.
The compositional approach to songs like An Excerpt from 6,000,000,000,000 Miles Before The First, Or, The Revisitation Of The Blue Ghost, Rose Quartz Turning To Glass and Laboratories Of The Invisible World (Rollerskating The Cosmic Palmistric Postborder) are just as enigmatic and experimental as the titles would suggest. Comparisons can be made with King Crimson and Pink Floyd in their most experimental phase, but this is just a slight indication of what you can expect on Part The Second.
Part The Second by Maudlin Of The Well is progressive music in the truest sense of the word. Forward thinking, thought provoking and a downright blast to listen to. Utterly breathtaking!
written by Raymond Westland