Posted on August 25th, 2021
[as seen on Flood]
Max Goldstein likely needs no introduction for those of you who are denizens of Massachusetts’ DIY scene, but for anyone unfamiliar with his groups Tundrastomper, Fred Cracklin, and Omeed & the Natural Scene, the Western MA native creates a wide range of sounds—from shred-heavy, mathy pop to improv-y free jazz—held together by a common spasticity and lo-fi aesthetic. Yet his solo moniker Maxshh sees Goldstein going fully experimental, with the latest installment from the project arriving this fall via Exploding in Sound.
His quote-unquote acoustic album Bonus Flowers drops September 24, but for now we’re getting the first single, “The Stone and I and Everybody,” which stays true to that denomination with a gently strummed opening, subtly escalating into moody, chugging acoustic guitar reminiscent of Yellow House before getting totally off track with some feedback-heavy electric guitar riffs in a Pile-like catharsis. While you probably couldn’t say it’s any weirder than Goldstein’s previous work, it’s certainly more unpredictable of a journey.