Following on from 2017’s absorbing The Head Which Becomes the Skull, the band now provide us with two new tracks, with a total duration of 25 minutes.
The first track – Minima Moralia – is an intellectual exploration via the medium of textured, layered music. This is a song that’s rich and immersive, drawing the listener in with emotive musical themes and luscious melodies. Nuanced and expressive, Minima Moralia is an absolute delight to listen to. There are no vocals, and they’re not necessary; the violin alone is exquisite, never mind the rest of the song. As a herald of things to come, this new piece of music makes me extremely excited for whatever Daxma do next. Wonderful.
The second track – Landslide – is a Fleetwood Mac cover, but not a straightforward one. Daxma draw out the song and expand upon it, giving it a fertile new life in their post-doom waters. It’s a well-judged and accomplished take on the original, wrapping it up in a traditional doom metal delivery that you could almost imagine a band like Warning doing. It’s quite beautiful in its mournful heaviness, and I prefer Daxma’s version of this song completely.
Well, what a first-rate EP. Sheer class. I insist – INSIST! – that you check out this thoughtful, emotive release. You won’t regret it.