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LITTLE RED RECORD

Matching Mole

 

Canterbury Scene

3.89 | 132 ratings

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fuxi
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4 stars "How long can I pretend that music's more relevant than fighting for a socialist world?" (Gloria Gloom)

In spite of all of Robert Wyatt's ideological doubts, LITTLE RED RECORD sounds far better than its predecessor. This time it's obvious that Matching Mole deeply care about what they play. On 'Marchides' and 'Flora Fidgit', for example, Phil Miller shines on electric guitar, and Dave McRae produces some memorable phrases on electric piano. 'Righteous Rhumba' equally features a superb guitar solo, accompanied on organ. On 'Brandy as in Benj' McRae gets another chance to shine on piano; his playing is far more subtle than David Sinclair's was on the band's first album, and Miller accompanies him by strumming jazzy chords on guitar: premonitions of Hatfield and the North!

Judging from the album's cover, Matching Mole were firmly in thrall to Maoist ideology. I assume they were blissfully unaware that, had they lived in China, their music and lifestyle would have landed them in a re-education camp, somewhere far away in the countryside. Maybe all that Maoist posturing was meant as a joke? I really don't know what to make of lyrics such as: "My radical cheek is soft and meek / but I'll kill if I must. / I'd rather have the Chinese here than Europe on me thrust"... And then there's the fact that, in the early 1980s, Wyatt started recording songs in praise of father Stalin... Oh well, to tell you the truth, I never bothered with Matching Mole's lyrics until I found them on the Calyx website. (With the exception of 'God Song', Phil Miller's anti-religious diatribe, which always made me think!) The band's playing, at least, is first-rate. Recommended!

fuxi | 4/5 |

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