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MOONBERRY

Pikapika TeArt

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.93 | 25 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars An album like this makes me wonder where to draw the line between classical music, folk music and avant-garde rock.

With this album, their debut album, this Siberian chamber orchestra has carved out their very own patch somewhere in the crossroad between these music styles. This album is neither folk rock, classical music or avant garde rock. It is one third of each. Which makes this album a bewildering experience before the listener can decode the going ons on Moonberry. In particular for a non-expert and allrounder like myself.

It is obvious that a band like Univers Zero has been an influence on this band. Or maybe that is pure accident, but you get enough UZ associations here to firmly place this album in the RIO genre. Rock in opposition, Moonberry most certainly is. Other slightly more faint references are Aranis, Rational Diet and Afenginn. Yes, I have now exhausted my chamber rock knowledge base. Other influences are the 1900th century Russian classical composers. And then we have the local folk music scene, which I have not enough knowledge about to make any comparissions with. Draw in some jazz too and you get this album.

To say that this album is an original album is an understatement. Pikapika Teart has created their own little universe. It is therefore a bit difficult to judge the quality. But it get full marks for originality. I also really like this album and it's acoustic sound with woodwinds and string instruments. I really like this 1/3 mix of everything and I really like their chamber orchestra setup. The music feels great and it is great. I am in no doubts Altrock has unearthed a true gem here in this band and I really hope we will hear a lot more from this Siberian chamber orchestra. Their music has given me something special, I feel.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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