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MOONCAKE is not a Chinese culinary folklore. This is a Moscow band that mixes two guitars, cello, bass and drums into rattling blend of sounds. The music of MOONCAKE resides in the state of permanent development and, moreover, it is a personal experiment of each of band's members. Formed two years ago, MOONCAKE took direction to guitar-driven Post-Rock (with influences ranging from GY!BE to 65DAYSOFSTATIC). Self-released single "More Oxygen, I said!" (2007) recieved numerous positive feedbacks among instrumental music lovers. Debut "Lagrange Points" album was released in May, 2008, with brighter musical palette (cellist added) and again by D.I.Y. paradigm. Live performances (with videoart attached) present immense power of the band and clearly show their maturity and professionality. (stuff from MySpace was used)

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CD Baby 2011
Audio CD$16.18
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Zaris: Cast the RouteZaris: Cast the Route
CD Baby 2012
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CD Baby 2012
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Lagrange Points by Mooncake (2011-08-03)Lagrange Points by Mooncake (2011-08-03)
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Acoustic by Mooncake (2012-08-03)Acoustic by Mooncake (2012-08-03)
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3.39 | 12 ratings
Lagrange Points

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MOONCAKE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.69 | 7 ratings
More Oxygen, I Said!
4.50 | 4 ratings
4.50 | 2 ratings
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 More Oxygen, I Said! by MOONCAKE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
2.69 | 7 ratings

More Oxygen, I Said!
Mooncake Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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2 stars Post-rock realm is fortunately endless, there is a vast amount of bands from all over the world that we can find end enjoy, and one of them is Mooncake, a pretty nice band from Russia whose instrumental music is very rich, producing countless atmospheres, textures and nuances that give the listener a wonderful experience. The first official release is the one I will review right away, in which the cello hadn't been added yet, so these first compositions are the true introduction to the band's first steps, just before gaining their own style with the cello player.

This single was released in 2007 and has 3 nice songs that make a total time of 14 minutes. It kicks off with "More Oxygen, I Said" whose first notes come from the bass guitar; later the guitars and drums join and together begin to build a structure with a beautiful sound, in the likes of bands such as Tristeza or Explosions in the Sky. It is great how the intensity is increasing little by little, until it becomes truly emotional and of course, truly enjoyable. "Mooncake" is the second song, and it is a beautiful small composition that follows the same style: enchanting guitar driven post rock that begins slow and then becomes heavier and much more emotional.

And last but not least it is "Rain in the Ashtray" which is a damn good song. Man, they know how to make people feel excited in a 6-minute track; they know how to produce a lot of emotions and how to play with the intensity. The song simply flows beautifully, it is a true wonder, of course, my favorite and I think the best song of this release. Totally recommendable to any post rock fan.

Now don't pay attention to my rating, because as a reviewer I have my "own rules" which don't allow me to rate releases under 20 minutes with more than 2 stars, unless it is the EP or single of my life. Enjoy it!

 More Oxygen, I Said! by MOONCAKE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
2.69 | 7 ratings

More Oxygen, I Said!
Mooncake Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars Debut effort from Russian indie/post-rockers MOONCAKE was a pleasant surprise in the world of instrumental music more than a year ago. Subtle and simple, melodic and catchy, 3 short tracks in EXPLOSIONS' vein had free-to-download status for some time, and the best from them, 'Rain in the Astray', has been re-recorded recently for band's debut full-length album, 'Lagrange Points'. You better start there, and if you like LP, you'll have to check this one too. Not essential, but Post-Rock collectors should have this one in their collections, at least in mp3. Recommended
 Lagrange Points by MOONCAKE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.39 | 12 ratings

Lagrange Points
Mooncake Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Prog-jester
Prog Reviewer

3 stars MOONCAKE's self-released full-length debut album is yet another fact that Russian underground/indie scene needs no remorseful attitude anymore. I bet you wouldn't doubt if I've said this album was released by English/American/Japan Post-Rock bands - both record quality and musicianship level are top-notch. Forget sentiments like 'crappy recorded? at least they have no bears walking their streets any longer' that could have been in previous Russian/Post-Soviet Prog reviews. I dare to propose this album as a pattern of sound for further Post-Rock releases from ex-USSR area!

Down to music. MOONCAKE plays nice instrumental Post-Rock, nothing truly special, short (as for this genre) tracks, obvious tricks like voice samples and 'fall!fall!rise!rise!' piece structures, but if you're in love with bands like SAXON SHORE, GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT, PG.LOST, BRIGHT RED PAPER, JOY WANTS ETERNITY, JOHNNYTWENTYTHREE and especially YNDI HALDA, you should definitely give it a try. As most bands do these days, MOONCAKE has a plenty of free tracks both on their MySpace and LastFM pages (the one who seeks shall find!), so don't hesitate to check them. My personal favourities are 'Rain in the Astray' (even better than on single!), epic 'Horizons', energetic '444' and closing 'Short Stories...'. The further they go the better they be, I believe. I'm preparing my 5 stars for the possible second album of MOONCAKE, and 3.5 stars now. Recommended!

Thanks to chamberry for the artist addition.

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