Review Naturalis

Young progsters Maschine make mockery of difficult second album syndrome

"Brighton’s Maschine impressed Prog on their jazz-lilted debut Rubidium when it was released back in 2013. However, in the relentless create/tour/release/implode cycle of the music industry, three years can seem like forever. It’s more than enough time for a band to peter out, fall-out or plain run-out of ideas. For their part, Maschine seem to have put every minute of that time to good use. There have been two line-up changes (adding new drummer James Stewart and keyboard player/vocalist Marie-Eve de Gaultier) and numerous tours supporting the likes of Haken and Leprous in the intervening period – and that shared experience manifests itself clearly on Naturalis.