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4 stars A highly creative and original band and sound crossing over the pop, avant, techno/New Wave, and Kate Bush-like proggy band comes back with their fourth album release.

1. "Behemooth" (4:07) very cool low strings opening followed by old radio clip of man talking about the "monsters" of Nature. The band kicks in, in full song development, with Hannah in the lead vocals. It's quite a little heavier than what I might have expected--conjuring up comparisons to some of QUEEN's more aggressive and angular pieces--especially with the big voice choral chorus and instrumental jags between. (8.666667/10) 2. "UnderWaterPainter" (3:22) such an unusual sound palette with covering a BRITNEY SPEARS-like song style. Rated up for the fact that it has several earworm riffs that stick with you. (8.75/10)

3. "Coral" (4:13) sounding like a cross of LORDE and TOM TOM CLUB. (8.75/10)

4. "Hidden World (Halicephalobus Mephisto)" (4:47) Hannah singing in her smoothest voice inside a reverb cave of fairy dust and leprechaun percussives. At the two minute mark the music goes tip hop/Massive Attack. Impressive sound imagining--on a par with Björk. (9/10)

5. "Pufferfish Love" (4:57) more rhythm-focused techno pop music with Hannah with her calm voice in the lead vocal position. Cool music. Much more pop oriented and smooth than I was expecting from HMoule & Company. (9/10)

6. "Patterns" (3:43) more techno-New Wave drums cello, bassoon with interesting JANE SIBERRY-like vocal weaves over the top. For some reason I'm also reminded of Canada's GANG OF FOUR. (8.75/10)

7. "Rite Of Passage" (3:41) now these are the complex quirky multi-voiced vocal arrangements I was expecting. (8.875/10)

8. "Medusa" (3:51) more LORDE-like vocals over some music that reminds me more of DEAD CAN DANCE. Gorgeous, inventive, and refreshing. (8.875/10)

9. "Parasite" (3:39) another odd but interesting and creative pairing of instruments: bowed double bass, 1980s techno-New Wave drums, BRITNEY SPEARS' "Toxic"-like. (8.66667/10)

10. "Bird Of Paradise (Part II)" (3:38) some nice vocal arrangements set to more QUEEN-like music. (8.666667/10)

11. "Silk" (4:46) KATE BUSH musical creativity with Katharine Blake's MEDIÆVAL BÆBES' vocal sass, skills and sensibilities. (9/10)

Total time 44:44

Not as proggy as I was hoping but very high quality songwriting and even higher quality sound rendering. Even the lyrics are of a very high level--and you know how impervious I am to words and their meanings when they are sung or put into verse.

B/four stars; an excellent, highly creative pop-crossover album--one to fit into the realm of bands coming from modern youth such as Bent Knee, iNFiNiEN, and even black midi.

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |


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