Andrey Borzykin (vocals/guitar), Gabriel De Mattia De Oliveira (guitar), Alexandra “Sasha” Razumova (vocals) and Adam Soucy (drums) are Major Moment. Apparently, the band came together from different parts of the globe including Russia and Brazil to meet up in the US. They released a six-song EP entitled One Small Step. It’s a fairly straightforward rock EP and sounds aligned with a lot of radio friendly acts.
The EP starts with “Intro” which is completely ambient. It sounds like music you might hear in a sci-fi movie where the protagonist is infiltrating an alien spaceship. It’s dissonant and ominous. In all honesty the transition to the first song “Before It’s Too Late” was seamless however the mood felt completely different. “Before It’s Too Late” is a reverb laced, exuberant rock song. The mood is serious, nostalgic and contemplative and they try to convey this in an epic, hopeful way.
Up next is “Mistakes” which is a little more lush and even more atmospheric, so much so I was reminded of Pink Floyd. That being said the song had an ’80s arena rock vibe in a lot of ways. “What It’s Like” felt like the single to me. It’s just a catchy song with memorable melodies. The band has more success with the dynamic “How Would You Know?”
The closer “The Release” has some ear catching instrumental parts. They combine arpeggiated synths with shiny guitars, drum and bass which seamlessly trickles into piano and synth. I especially like that at the very end when the song got dark - that little twist there at the end was great.
The band knows how to craft a song but I would have liked to have heard a couple more surprises along the way; a couple things here and there to keep me guessing as to where they might go next.
I think there is still a big market for this style although it is past its heyday some might argue. I think fans of bands as far ranging as Linkin Park to 30 Seconds To Mars will appreciate what they offer. Take a listen.
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