Maybeshewill
I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
May 20th, 2011 | 202 replies | 30,964 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybeshewill prove once more that they're worthy of the hyperbole that's been heaped on them over the years, for "I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone" is a beautiful and engrossing experience.

Gone are the days where exploding climaxes and beautiful, sweeping melodies would make any post-rock fan swoon. The simple days, the days where Explosions in the Sky and Mono reigned with their pretty guitar noodling and egregious cymbal crashes, these days are no more. It’s harder to get by on these things, truly it is, as many a fan have gotten wise, and hailed such things as tepid and stale. Fortunately, bands like Maybeshewill have realized the changing of the times, and are doing something about it. Case in point, their third proper album, I Was Here For a Moment Then I Was Gone.

I Was Here For a Moment Then I Was Gone follows Sing the Word Hope In Four Part Harmony, the 2009 sophomore effort that proved catapulted them into the public eye. Critically acclaimed, the album featured a much more “aggressive” band, one that had a much heavier tone, both musically and conceptually. Tapping into political themes, as well as dashes of existentialism, Sing the Word Hope… was a breath of fresh air. The songs were loud, quick, and full of energy and exuberance. I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone does a decent job at replicating this, but just a few short minutes in, it becomes apparent that this is a different kind of beast.

Where Sing the Word Hope… was Maybeshewill’s hardcore record, I Was Here For a Moment… is their more poppy one. Shedding just about everything that was so intense about their sophomore effort, the band have crafted an undeniably gorgeous, sweeping album, all whilst keeping the overall accessibility that they’ve become known for. And that’s really what is so damn great about I Was Here For a Moment…"its incredible ability to stuff into five minutes, what some post-rock bands can barely do in ten. Each track is a quick shot of beautiful melodies and harmonies, melding together into a purely engrossing piece of music. There’s still bit of an edge to be found, however, but they’ve traded their mild crushingness for a more overall “pretty” sound.

The new sound fits the band well, and honestly, often times surpass what was found on their previous work. There are more strings, and a heavier emphasis on piano. Electronic influences are used as well, but sparsely. It’s polished to a shine, as the production is absolutely wonderful. However, this comes at the cost of the band’s personality. There are no more samples, and literally, no vocal portions, speaking or singing. Overall, it’s a more streamlined approach, and while it sounds fantastic, it can’t be helped but think that they’ve lost what’s made them unique. In a way, I Was Here For a Moment… feels too polished, and too perfected, eventually getting lost in the glut of post-rock albums that have the same sound and same approach. Thankfully, moments like these are few and far between, which is made clear when songs like the rapid and catchy “Take This To Heart” kick in.

“Take This to Heart” opens the album up the way it should be opened"loud, rapidly, and dripping with that Maybeshewill style. Yet it’s when tracks like “Relative Minors” and “Farwell Sarajevo” enter in that the album really becomes exceptional. “Relative Minors,” a largely piano driven piece, is stunningly beautifully. Exploding with poise and atmosphere, the song really displays how well Maybeshewill can craft a beautiful, thoughtful song, to counter-balance their more brash nature. The longest song clocks in at about six and a half minutes, making the album somewhat short, but incredibly sweet. Simple, amiable tracks like “Words for Arabella” would be trite if any longer than several minutes, which points to the bands ability to make a meaningful song without the need for any filler.

I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone is simply an excellent post-rock record, with all the fat and filler cut out, leaving only room for pure, brilliant songwriting. No time is wasted, letting just about every moment be great in its own right. This softer edge of Maybeshewill may come as a surprise to some, and to others, well, maybe they won’t even notice. Either way, Maybeshewill prove that they’re more than a flash in the pan, as they have plenty of musical and songwriting ability to astound, regardless of their aesthetic approach.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 20th 2011



10592 Comments


Oh shit, streaming here btdubs


http://www.rocksound.tv/news/article/exclusive-maybeshewill-full-album-stream

FelixCulpa
May 20th 2011



1237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review Xeno. Good too see someone reviewing both ASIWYFA and this. As for the album I think it's
a great album but it a little "samey" in the middle portion and not so exciting. The opener and the
last three track are all excellent though. Ohh and I miss the voice samplers, the one on "This time
last year" always get's me pumped, not that I feel as I strongly agree of what's being said but it's
just something about how it been edited.

Knott-
Emeritus
May 20th 2011



10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band were so good live the other night

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2011



23800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"they're worthy of they hyperbole that's been heaped on them"

the* hyperbole

but, great review as per usual. I love this album. And Adam, I am so jealous that you've seen these guys, what, 5 times now?

Knott-
Emeritus
May 20th 2011



10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup, 5. They keep getting better. I picked up a deal they had on for all 3 LPs for twenty quid, gave Hope to my girlfriend 'cause I already have it. They were so tight too. They were supporting The Ocean and earthtone9 but the former of those weren't really my thing so I sort of fucked off when they also started looking like they were bitching about the crowd.

MO
May 20th 2011



18412 Comments


Great review Eli.

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2011



23800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha nice I totally just guessed at how many times you'd seen them. I should really move to Englad, or Europe at least. I really want to festival hop across Europe one summer. Pick like 4 or 5 big festivals to go to, save up, and just blow it all on one amazing summer.

You in? hahaha

Knott-
Emeritus
May 20th 2011



10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For sure, man, sounds a dream. I think it's 4 times I've seen them, on thinking. Still.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2011



23800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yaaaay who else can we invite? I wonder if Caleb will still be living over there by the time I can get my monies together.

Knott-
Emeritus
May 20th 2011



10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Robin will come.

bloc
May 20th 2011



34730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rockin' album

Digging: Messiah - Choir of Horrors

djunior
May 20th 2011



737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Sing the Word Hope' is better

Digging: Goat - Commune

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 20th 2011



10592 Comments


tied for me, actually.

Thank you guys : ]

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2011



6986 Comments


Quality review xeno. Good one.

crazyblinddude
May 20th 2011



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aw yeah. Sweet review for a sweet album.

balcaen
May 20th 2011



3183 Comments


awesome review, man. As usual.

Always meant to check this band out but i never got around to it. Might do it now.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2011



31047 Comments


Knew you would review this

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 20th 2011



10592 Comments


Did you now? And may I ask how, lol?


mallen-
May 20th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

my favorite post-rock band

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2011



31047 Comments


Twas just a feeling



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