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Yet another of the Athens, Georgia experimentalists, Maserati picked up where bands like Tortoise, Macha, and Labradford left off with complex, warmly textured instrumental music straying from the confines of rock to explore the ambient, jazz, and even modern classical traditions. The four-piece of Coley Dennis (guitar), Steve Scarborough (bass), Phil Horan (drums), and Matt Cherry (guitar) began playing together in early 2001. After several months, they recorded and self-released 37:29:24, a moody blend of space rock expansiveness and scatter-bursts of Slint-like aggression. In 2002, they met again in producer Andy Baker's Chase Park studio (where albums by Macha, the Mendoza Line, and Jucifer have been recorded) to record The Language of Cities, the band's first label-backed album on the indie pop clearinghouse Kindercore. The eight-song album continued their exploration of emo-tinged instrumental rock, best exemplified by the track "The Language," a seven-plus-minute opus of sustained cymbal buildups, churning guitar, and John McEntire-style fills. In 2005, Jerry Fuchs replaced Phil Horan on drums. After signing to Temporary Residence in 2007, Maserati released Inventions for the New Season, which was followed by two remix albums. After starting on their next full-length in 2009, tragedy struck when Fuchs suffered a freak accident and fell to his death in an elevator shaft. Carrying on, the rest of Maserati pushed through to finish the album. It was released in 2010 and named Pyramid of the Sun after a song Fuchs had conceived in his tour journal. In the years that followed Fuchs' passing, the band acquired a new drummer, Mike Albanese, and worked out a new set of songs for 2012's Maserati VII. Three years later, they returned with Rehumanizer, a leaner, more rock-oriented set. ~ Daphne Carr
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  2.   Pyramid of the Sun
  3.   Inventions
  4.   This Is a Sight We Had One Day from the High Mountain
  5.   Oaxaca
  6.   Solar Exudus
  7.   Rehumanizer II
  8.   Pyramid of the Moon
  9.   They'll No More Suffer from Thirst
  10.   San Angeles
  11.   The Eliminator
  12.   Wires Were Towers
  13.   Rehumanizer 2
  14.   Rehumanizer 1
  15.   End of Man
  16.   Earth-Like
  17.   Flashback
  18.   They'll No More Suffer from Hunger
  19.   No More Sages
  20.   Monoliths
  21.   The World Outside
  22.   12/16
  23.   Do You Hear the Nightbirds Calling You?
  24.   No Cave
  25.   Martin Rev
  26.   Kalinichta
  27.   Montes Jura
  28.   Who Can Find the Beast?
  29.   Cities
  30.   Abracadabracab
  31.   Bye M'Friend, Goodbye
  32.   Kalimera
  33.   Living Cell
  34.   Join Us, Mystic Sister
  35.   Lunar Drift
  36.   Show Me the Season
  37.   We Got the System to Fight the System
  38.   Ruins
  39.   Thieves
  40.   San Tropea
  41.   Synchronicity IV

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