Play 90 second soundbite of 'Maybe Reality, One Day' @ 'CD quality'
'Maybe Reality, One Day' is a slow and haunting little rocker that utilises deep, punchy bass lines to emphasise the whole mood. The vocals are handled with a well honed maturity - gently juxtaposed to the gradually building, crunchin' instrumental riffs and melodies. The piece builds beautifully to become an anthemic sounding rock epic with one foot solidly in heavy rock territory and the other in poetic prog-rock. 'Maybe reality, One Day' is an absolute stunner!!
'B' sides 'Bubble Tea' shows another facet of this innovative outfit - they can do gentle, they can do lilting. The track kicks off with something that mid-period Kinks would have been proud of and just as you get settled into the chilled vibe The Crucible mix it up with an extended instrumental outro that takes the song to an altogether different level - clever and very tidy! To bring things to a close The Crucible slide in 'Maybe Reality, One Day (radio edit)'; it does what it says on the label I suppose. Me, I still don't get why there has to be radio edits nowadays - John Peel would've just played the original in all its lengthy glory. That's a media problem rather than a band problem of course! If this release featured just the two original tracks I'd be more than happy - but, I suppose you do get an added 'bonus' doing the 'radio edit' thing .
The Crucible have impressed me with everything I've thus far heard from them; they're a creative and innovative outfit that make bloody great music. 'Maybe Reality, One Day' is just superb and sort of encapsulates the whole ethos of this excellent band.