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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Maritime’s Heresy and the Hotel Choir Out Today

posted by on October 16 at 11:52 AM


It’s new CD Tuesday and there’s one album that matters to me today—that’s the new Maritime album. Maritime stole the show at last week’s Jimmy Eat World concert, and their third full-length, Heresy and the Hotel Choir has already become a fall favorite of mine. If you find yourself listening to a lot of Death Cab for Cutie in the autumn months (I know I’m not the only one), give Maritime a try. They have the same warmth that makes Death Cab sound so good this time of year, but Maritime is a little brighter—their melodies soar higher over more playful beats.

Here’s what I said in this week’s Underage column:

While Maritime’s first two records (2004’s Glass Floor and 2006’s We the Vehicles) don’t stand up to Promise Ring’s beloved Nothing Feels Good album, it’d be unfair to expect them to. They’re a different band with their own vibe, and they wear their age and experience well, sticking to a clean and classic pop sound that’s rejuvenated with von Bohlen’s wistful croon and guitars that beam with a little extra indie jangle. And unlike some aging “emo” stars, the men in Maritime have moved past adolescent heartbreak and the bad habit of dwelling on negative feelings.

This week, the band releases their new full-length, Heresy and the Hotel Choir, and they continue to successfully follow their familiar formula. We the Vehicles always sparkled, and Heresy does, too (especially on the track “Love Has Given Up”), but while Vehicles had a mellower sound (even when energy picked up), Heresy finds time to rock. “For Science Fiction” has a chorus more explosive than any other Maritime song, and it comes with a dirty, toe-tappin’ bass line and some well-placed synth flourishes that the band never experimented with in the past.

Hear it (via Flameshovel Records):

For Science Fiction
Guns of Navarone

Also in stores today: Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light, Thrice The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II - Fire & Water, Neil Young Chrome Dreams II, Stereophonics Pull the Pin, the Puppini Sisters The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo, and… Michael W. Smith It’s a Wonderful Christmas.

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