Boomkat Product Review:
more eaze effortlessly transcends genre boundaries on a new album of fractal ambient-pop teeming with hallucinatory, micro-dosed detail, tipped if yr into Gastr Del Sol, Nozomu Matsumoto, Aya
On ‘Songs of luv + h8’ Mari Maurice artfully transmutes inspiration from romantic heartache across a dream journal of cloud chamber vignettes and recombinant tapestries. Familiar, non-musical touchstones of gender, identity and perception guide her intricately melodic arrangements of pop, field recordings, autotuned and ASMR-like vocal personas, with a blend of acoustic and electronic sources that have become a more eaze musical calling card of sorts. In effect, she articulates timeless sentiments with a contemporary voice, vaporising distinctions of lo/hi-fidelity with a compellingly between-worlds quality that is emblematic of her influential position within modern experimental ambient and pop fields.
Best let Mari explain the album’s origins; "2023 has been a year of intense and extreme change for me. i endured a significant amount of heartbreak and wound up leaving the city and state I've called home for nearly a decade. I began writing this music almost immediately coming into the new year and I felt like my approach to this new work was equally informed by change. i began unconsciously writing a sequel to one of my oldest songs "accidental prizes" which feels like a fitting full circle moment both musically and emotionally to everything that's happened since I started more eaze and now.”
The nine songs occupy nuanced integers of ever changing atmosphere and fixed structure. They conjure a beautifully unresolved tension between the concrete and ephemeral, past and present, mainstream hooks and experimental abstraction, as in the swelling, rustic string and key orchestrations of ‘Says The Girl Who's Been Broken Up With Four Times In The Last Year’, or crystallised in pop perfection on 'Senders' or her aforementioned gem ‘Accidental Prizes’, with scenes of domestic pottering made poetic, while the 8 minute standout of ambient D&B ‘Over Text’ blurs home/club distinctions to dance on yr tongue tips and table tops.
Really strong gear, should be big, pull yr fingers out.