Independent Release, 2016
What’s old is new again, and that on it’s own can be fun. Long Island’s Mayve are making their way down a path previously blazed by The Stray Cats, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Steel Panther and countless others artists, (without animals in their name), who have opted to pursue a conspicously anachronistic art form. Mayve have chosen to dive headlong into the extra synthy aspects of the 1980’s. They call to mind, The Thompson Twins, Tears for Fears, and Human League without sounding like any of them exactly.
With “Cruel Intentions” they have a dogged and determined dance floor ready rhythm; chiming guitars, and lyrics that summon hopeful high school cravings. “Young Blood” is a more restrained, but no less earnest. “1924” is far more substantive than one would believe on first glance. With a deeply textured arrangement, it simmers easily.
Mayve strike a positive tone with a confident throwback sound that’s missing from the current audio landscape. Hopefully there will be more to come.