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Maserati - Rehumanizer

Maserati are a band obsessed with process. Specifically, they're obsessed with the process of marrying the past to the future — retro futurists hellbent on forging Krautrock and classic rock into one motorik, monolithic vehicle. Rehumanizer is the most accomplished product of that process to date, a marriage of man and machine that plays like a supergroup comprised of Gary Numan, Cluster, and Pink Floyd. Building songs up bit by bit — and breaking them back down to their barest elements — Maserati fully embraced technology as a songwriting tool. The band takes greater risks than ever, sonically experimenting on the fly and incorporating unprocessed vocals for the first time ever. For the past decade Maserati has built a career out of relentless forward momentum – a tight, sleek, chugging beast that drove towards the sun and rarely veered off course. Rehumanizer maintains that same ambition and sense of abandon, but is distinctly as much man as it is machine – a true alliance of the past and the future.

Sarah Boisvert; Inventions for a New Season has been one of my favorite albums for a while, but none of Maserati's later albums have resonated with me quite as much - I was beginning to fear I could only ever call myself a fan of the one album, and not of the band itself. From the first play, though, Rehumanizer has sunk its glittery, sharp, 80s-infused claws under my skin and I doubt it will let go for a long time. Favorite track: Montes Jura.