Mazeppa’s Video for “The Way In” is a Psychedelic Journey From Academic Curiosity to Mystical Awareness

Mazeppa, photo courtesy the artists

The video for Mazeppa’s single “The Way In” shows us a woman searching through old stacks of books as the band issues forth layers of drone accented by a Motorik beat and ritualistic vocals. The woman finds herself leaving the shelves of books through an opening into a forest brimming with warm motes of light to meet with two figures wearing vaguely earth goddess robes and painted symbols. They help her discard the raiments of modernity to reveal her new wardrobe as an initiate of an expanded mystical awareness. She dances at a fire while the band, made up to by mystics in their own right, plays for the gathered seekers, the visual sense warping with the bends in tone and ebb and flow of sounds and rhythm. At the end the members of Mazeppa are seen with eyes glowing from the collective illumination that took place and to which you have been invited as well. Musically it’s in the realm of psychedelic rock but one that seems to time travel for influence and borrowing elements of the aforementioned Krautrock and more than the Motorik beats, the modulated distortion into droning atmospherics in hypnotic repetition as one might hear in the records of Spacemen 3 and the mystical bent and ritualistic compositional aspect of Sky Cries Mary. But Mazeppa here doesn’t sound throwback as the sound itself suggests an immediacy and focus on the moment from the beginning of the song to the end. Watch the video for “The Way In” on YouTube, follow Mazeppa at the links below and look out for the band’s full length album due out in 2020.

Mazeppa’s “Storm” Evokes the Grandeur of Maurice Jarre’s 1960s Soundtracks

Mazeppa, photo courtesy the artist

From the opening strains of “Storm” by Mazeppa you can tell you’re in for something different from the realm of modern psychedelic rock. The instrumentation and sweeping dynamics is cinematic in a way reminiscent of Scott Walker’s solo albums Maurice Jarre’s soundtrack work for Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. It is not in that long form but the creative vision behind the track is aiming for something more than just a four minute fifty-six second psych rock song. The rich emotional colorings and the impression that you’re getting a glimpse into more mythical human experiences. Side note: Maurice Jarre is the father of synth pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre. The Israeli band named itself after a Lord Byron poem about the Seventeenth Century Ukrainian leader Ivan Mazepa so there’s bound to be a bit of myth making and grander than average storytelling. That and the fact that singer/musician Michal Perez Noy started the group to write songs by Rainer Maria Rilke. None of these details and speculations are necessary to appreciate the lush gorgeousness of the song that seems to sound timeless in a period when there is a lot of imitation in psychedelic and modern progressive rock and few as orchestral as Mazeppa. The group is planning for a debut album release in September 2019 but for now you can sit back and let your imagination engage with “Storm” below. Links to follow the band its goings on below the song embed.