Friday, December 5, 2014

MOOCH 
"Mrs Silbury's Delicious Mushroom Flavoured Biscuits" 
(2014-Cosmic Eye Records).

Reviewed by Anthony Servante




Background:




The Review:

MOOCH is a band of many wavelengths, some easy to float along with, others that require an appreciative ear. They can span the traditional sounds of pagan rock, as they explored in "Stations of the Sun" (2013), to Psychedelic Ambient jams, as they perform on the new "Mrs Silbury's Delicious Mushroom Flavoured Biscuits". This is MOOCH returning to their experimental roots in instrumental moods to challenge the unquiet mind.





The songs range in mellifluous swings from predictable Rock rhythms to syncopated Space Jazz. It is a welcome coalescence given the monotonous selection of Pop music today. Laurie Anderson affectionately termed such music "difficult listening", but hardcore rockers who grew up on bands like Camel, Return to Forever, PFM, and Nektar will appreciate the easy cadences in songs like "The Great Retsina Jam" and "T Minus None".




Bridget Wishart adds vocals to the mostly instrumental LP in "Another Time, Another Place", my selection for radio play on stations where Rock and Jazz are not antonyms. She has shown her capacity to bring depth to Space Rock bands like Hawkwind and Spirits Burning and continues to evolve with the talented Steve Palmer in MOOCH.



Steve Palmer


A layered work of music worth multiple listens, "Mrs Silbury's Delicious Mushroom Flavoured Biscuits" takes us back to a time when Rock music was willing to test the limits of Progressive Rock expectations (think bands like Kansas and Styx, who after their ethereal early albums settled for the repetition of their hit-making formulas rather than explore and reinvent themselves, as did Prog giant King Crimson), and given this is 2014, those boundaries need to be pushed every so often to keep the naysayers quiet as they wait for their moment to shout, "Rock is dead". Hardly. Just pick up a copy of this lastest LP by MOOCH and enjoy some of the most entertaining and easiest "difficult listening" Rock music available today.

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