Photo by William Haun
Macon’s Xavii write complex, labyrinthine songs that refuse to settle into any single pattern or groove. Although the band claims allegiance to a classic progressive rock sound, consigning them to any one genre is an exercise in futility; the band is as comfortable sprinting through acrobatic math rock as they are patiently constructing tension-filled post-rock soundscapes. On the group’s latest single, “Valley of the Nine,” taken from their upcoming EP, Our Recent Futures, they manage to pull off the neat trick of being melodic yet experimental, indulgent but never overbearing. As dense as the structures may seem—there’s enough musical frippery and sonic noodling here to satisfy most any diehard prog head—the flow feels organic and the band reveals a keen instinct for knowing when to hold back and let the music breathe. It’s not an easy listen by any means, but those who take the time to wander through the intricate maze Xavii have constructed will find a band who has the talent to back up their ambitious artistic vision.
Our Recent Futures is due out June 19th via Macon Noise.
Xavii will celebrate the release of Our Recent Futures at Sriracha House tomorrow night, Thursday, June 14th. Also performing are Faun and a Pan Flute, AB, Memes and Trufflelina.