This is a reissue of Old Maybe's sold out cassette from Apollonian Sound!
Given her background in theater and stand-up comedy, Jazz Adam’s musical output as Old Maybe has always contained an element of extra-musical performance. Originally a solo-project built around wonky guitar / voice tracks and karaoke-style loop-based songs, the concept expanded into a trio in the fall of 2015 with the addition of drummer Nina Ryser (Palberta) and bassist Ricardo Balmaseda. After the band spent three months work shopping tracks, Oblio was recorded by Hugo Stanley (Palm) in his basement in late February 2016. The resulting 7 tracks are a playful dive into Old Maybe’s dadaist vision. The band draft a sketch-comedy hour in off-kilter guitar riffs and ametric grooves, exploring themes of miscommunication and alienation over a backdrop of absurdist imagery. Oblio takes its name from the central character in Harry Nilsson’s 1971 narrative / concept-album The Point!. In the fable, Obilo, the nonconforming hero, discovers that everything, even the pointless things, have a point. Like Obilio, finding meaning in the meaningless, Old Maybe utilize concise, pithy tracks to express the comedy and futility they find in life’s irrationality.
This one is perfect, and it is grows and grows already being a mammoth. ‘Time’ & ‘Scribe’ framing the piece are beautifully done, ‘Crank’ with an insane climax, a ‘Child Actor’ playing Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, ‘Egg’ perhaps the most accessible song here and still at times totally losing it, and the full-blown psychotic ‘Doctor’. You can never unhear what you’ve heard here. raik