New York instrumental and angular math-rock band Marateck first came upon my radar in 2016 with their self-titled EP, which showcases the musical capabilities of combining angular rhythms with minimalism in a rock band setting. The sound of the band ranges from the dark sonic territory of instrumental Slint to the muscular musical flex of bands like Shellac, Lynx, and early Don Caballero. The band’s first proper full-length starts where their EP leaves off, and the song “Heart Failure” is an impressive piece of music delivered by four talented musicians who work together to create a composition where the various parts of the song compliment themselves while stylistically coupled with tension and release throughout that creates a rhythmic push and pull that treats the time and space between the notes with a feeling of fluidity that never feels forced and ventures into musical territory that many contemporary math rock bands would not dare go, but I’m glad Marateck is willing to go there and share their findings with us.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Behold The Arctopus) at Menegroth: The Thousand Caves. The band is doing a kickstarter campaign until mid-March to help fund the pressing of Time Is Over on vinyl. They have a lot of rad rewards and various reward levels, and if you check ‘Heart Failure’ and like it, the rest of the album is just as musically dense with big pay offs and worthy of crowd funding to get it on vinyl.
Marateck will release their debut full-length album Time Is Over later this summer. You can stay up to date with via their Facebook page.