Unusually, the title track, throws the listener into the climax of a galloping, pounding rock song, which burns with growing intensity. Clocking in at around a third of the length of Her Name is Calla’s more symphonic tracks, Maw is a demonstration of a band enjoying and exploiting the dark ferocity of the shorter time span. The Beat That My Heart Skipped, on the other hand, engages the use of brevity to create a delicate and heartfelt breath of simple drums, violin and vocals. If Maw is the example of a claustrophobic gathering of instruments, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is inescapable for its bare, tender minimalism.
Closing track, Dreamlands, features a return to the longer, more conceptual song, wilfully creating disorientation through dizzying electronic experimentation and sudden, or unnervingly gradual, slides into different phases of an unfamiliar world.
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