Exposé Online banner

Mayfair — Die Flucht (AKA Escape)
(Music Is Intelligence WMMS 101, 1995, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 1996-08-01

Die Flucht (AKA Escape) Cover art

If you're craving for more modern rock, find Mayfair's Escape. The music fits snugly in the 80s college radio camp with bands like R.E.M., U2, and the like – except not nearly as interesting as those bands. Vocalist Mario can't decide whether he wants to sound like Michael Stipe from R.E.M. or ex-Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy. The music for the most part just kind of idles along aimlessly, not really going anywhere. All of tracks seem to plod along at the same tempo with the same beat. The third track on the album, "Hotel Hunger," is a good example of Mayfair's typical "Bullet the Blue Sky" era U2 sound. Come to think of it, several of the tracks are good examples of this. All in all, the lyrics are either way too deep for me, or they don't make any sense. Another U2 comparison is that the guitar player displays as much technical prowess as The Edge. There are some interesting parts on the album – the cool triplet drum fills on "Die Flucht," the change of pace fretless bass on "One Night and a Dream." The album ends with the currently trendy use of digitally reproduced vinyl surface noise to boot. Escape is maybe the response Mayfair was looking to elicit...


Filed under: New releases, Issue 10, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Mayfair

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Quantum - Quantum – This outstanding Brazilian instrumental five-piece recorded only this one album in the early 80s, and then disappeared. Their sound combines the best elements of the European progressive sound with...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues