Released: 5th July 2012
Label: FatCat Records
One of the first bands I reviewed when Little Comments started has now released their second album. Milk Maid is a project started by frontman Martin Cohen and he put out a number of songs at home, and mixed it all himself. Mostly No is Milk Maid’s second album, following on from debut Yucca, and it’s a really great listen.
I remember my main gripes with Yucca were how low-fi it was and the lack of variety in the songs. It certainly had potential, but I felt that the recording equipment Martin Cohen had at the time limited his sound a little too much, and the lack of creativity made the album drag on a little too much for me. However, Mostly No sounds fantastic. The production has been drastically improved so Cohen’s vocals and the instruments don’t sound too muddy, there’s a little low-fi in there, but just the right amount.
Mostly No is full of guitar-lead rock tunes, complete with sick guitar riffs and impressive drum beats, making the album progress at a nice pace. With the improved production being so effective, the songs have got their own personality now, and the different instruments are actually clearly audible this time round overall creating an easier and much more enjoyable listen. The appears to be more of a surf-rock genre floating around this time around, especially in tracks such as the opener Dopamine and the single Summertime.
I’m so glad that Martin Cohen’s songwriting has improved ten fold; it’s as if he feels comfortable enough to bring his ideas to the songs now, and they really have paid off well on Mostly No. This is definitely one of my favourite albums right now, and will be for the rest of the year. Mostly No is out on July 9th via FatCat Records.