Reviewed this week
French producer Maelstom released on labels like Zone before setting up RAAR. After a number of Eps on his his own platform, he takes the next step with his debut album. Eyes is very much an expansive work that is designed for home listening. While Maelstrom's dance floor approach can still be clearly heard on the punchy electro funk of "Woman Training For A Republican Militia", the industrial banger "Escaping from Malaga" and the surpising, minimal house infleunced "Hotel Florida, Room 108", the album largely focuses on the abstract and atmospheric. That said, Eyes is no easy listening experience; from the spaced out "The Murder Of Jose Robles" and "Throwing Grain Into Air" to the eerie synths and shrieks on the closer, "Snow Falls (Across the Border)" it is an intense ride.