I was introduced to Making Days about a year ago with one of the singles from this album, “Excavator,” a song that some of you might remember if you ever listened to “The Next Big Thing in Rock” playlist on Spotify. That song made me imagine a band with advanced musicianship, great sound craftsmanship, shoegaze focus with established and stylish sound. The moment I listened to further what they have to offer in “One Foot Follows,” the album showed me that they aren’t just another shoegaze band but much more than that.
The album stands out with its sound work, musicianship, and a wide range of musical influences in its foundation that includes shoegaze, jazz, alternative, indie, prog, and math rock. All songs are quite progressive in their structure and instrumentation and maintain the potential of catching the listener by surprise from start to finish.
On the instrumental side, it isn’t hard to assume that they are advanced musicians. The music they play requires knowledge and skills, and performances are one of the highlights of the album for me.
Moreover, Making Days has different tastes and climates in their music that some of them might speak to you directly compared to others. My favorite, “Excavator,” has great qualities as a shoegaze song that I mentioned earlier, and I unconsciously wanted it to stay that way. “Violent Jazz,” on the other hand, showcases their edge of complexity with math and jazz-rock focus, reminding me of Paul Gilbert when imagined as instrumental.
Lastly, the producer of the “One Foot Follows” album deserves credit for the outcome. The sound work gave this album an impressive costume, precisely built the entire picture depending on the individuals, showing great vision with its characterization, and also achieved to adapt all the climate changes in the musicality while maintaining the album concept. Simply fantastic.