Maudlin Of The Well - Leaving Your Body Map 2 x vinyl lps (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)
Before there was Kayo Dot, Toby Driver had the much more metal - but just as creative in a different way - Maudlin of the Well. Their albums have been out of print for many years, but here is their 2nd and 3rd releases - both companions to each other - in a beautiul, high quality vinyl edition.
"Avant-grade metal band maudlin of the Well was far from your average band. Drawing influences from indie, progressive metal, classical, doom metal and jazz, motW crafted some of the greatest and most unique music I have heard. "Leaving Your Body Map" is the 2nd part of the companion album series that the band released in 2001 ("Bath" is the first, but it's not on Amazon), and after listening to it only a few times, I am hooked to such a brilliantly crafted work of art. The intro track, "Stones of October Sobbing" starts off with a faint clarinet solo, and then it turns to a doom-esque ballad accompanied by a background trumpet. I knew I was up for something amazing after listening to that track. Next is my favorite song by this band, "Gleam In Ranks", which steers to a really catchy post-hardcore song played in a quick tempo, backed up by the talents of vocalist Toby Driver. "Bizarre Flowers/A Violent Mist" takes things to a slower tempo again, with a psychedelic atmosphere and a nice solo thrown in! "A Curve That To An Angle Turn'd" follows a 4 minute interlude, with some crushing riffs at a slow paced tempo, and it's definitely the band at their heaviest. A complete change in pace occurs when "Sleep Is A Curse" comes up next, which is a beautiful acoustic song that once again displays the talent of Toby Driver. "Riseth He, The Numberless" is a song divided into two different songs. Both parts of the song are dark, doomy, and heavy epics with multiple background instruments (trumpets, keyboards, clarinet, cello) that make this band sound so refreshing. After that follows another long interlude, but after that interlude comes the closer, "Monstrously Low Tide", and this song actually starts off with heavy wailing guitars accompanied by a background piano and gorgeous vocals, but then it progresses to a beautiful closing acoustic piece that just makes me speechless. I have nothing more to say about this album, other that it is a memorable, gorgeous, artistic piece of music, and my only reaction is my jaw wide open while being drifted away into multiple music parameters. I beg for you to give this album a listen, especially if you are into the likes of bands such as Opeth, Green Carnation, Arcturus, and Agalloch. While MOTW may be no more, they continue their journey in music as Kayo Dot."