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Crossover Prog • United States


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From These Small Seeds is the debut release of MoeTar. Their music style can be referred to as effort to melt together sound of Led Zeppelin, the complexity of Zappa, and pop feelings of The Beatles under the direction of composer, lyricist and bassist, Tarik Ragab, Moorea Dickason on vocals, David Flores on, Matt Lebofsky on keys and Matthew Heulitt on guitar.

Style reminiscent of District 97 and Modest Midget, both featured here on PA in Crossover genre.

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Entropy of the CenturyEntropy of the Century
Magna Carta 2014
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Magna Carta 2012
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3.94 | 25 ratings
From These Small Seeds
2012
3.57 | 15 ratings
Entropy Of The Century
2014

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 Entropy Of The Century by MOETAR album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.57 | 15 ratings

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MoeTar Crossover Prog

Review by maryes

3 stars 3, 5 stars !!! If you want to hear a really different sound or (at last to me) an uncommon experience of prog music , you can try this with the North-American band MOE TAR second album "Entropy Of The Century". Although I think which the band, could better explore his musical skills with more extensive tracks (only the last track overcoming 5 min ).... However, the melody is complex with unexpected scales and broken beats and there are not monotony. Their sound includes jazz, hard & heavy, pop and a hint of avant-garde. The track 1" Dystopian Fiction" starts with vocal/guitar duo and create a almost dreamer atmosphere follow by an intricate way of scales with bass/guitar duos. The track 3 "Regression To The Mean" is another higher point, where the mix of this unexpected scales and broken beats are easily perceptible . The track 7 " We Machines " is a tecno-pop progressive experience. In a general way the disk are very equilibrated, the musicians are competent . I give 3 stars , but I want make the safeguard which this album deserves a place in my collection !

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 Entropy Of The Century by MOETAR album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.57 | 15 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars This a collection of quirky, intelligent and delightfully melodic "avant-pop" songs that are, in my humble opinion, distracted from by the highly engaging vocals of the uber-talented singer, songwriter and founder Moorea ("Moe") Dickason. I find it quite challenging to really listen to the music because of the draw of the intelligent song lyrics and their delivery style (which does, however, at times, get a bit repetitive and 'old'). Clearly a group of very talented musicians led by a duo with a clear and mature vision, this is highly recommended as another polished example of this new modern era of "poppy prog."

Favorite songs: "Where the Truth Lies" (4:49) (9/10); "Confectioner's Curse" (3:02) (8/10); "Entropy of the Century" (2:52) (8/10); "Welcome to the Solar Flares" (3:03) (8/10), and; "The Unknowable" (6:26) (8/10).

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 From These Small Seeds by MOETAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.94 | 25 ratings

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Review by apps79
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4 stars MoeTar were formed in 2008 by the pair of singer Moorea Dickason and bassist Tarik Ragab, who played together in the Funk band No Origin.Original formation featured also Dave Flores on drums, Matthew Charles Heulitt on guitar and Bob Crawford on keyboards, who was soon replaced by Avant Rock specialist Matt Lebofsky.The band debuted live in May 2009 at the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco and several lives followed since.For over a year they worked on their debut ''From these small seeds'' in four professional and home studios, the album eventually was released independently in 2010, re-released in 2012 on Magna Carta.Former member Bob Crawford still played Wurlitzer piano in two tracks.

The band cited Frank Zappa, Queen, XTC and Classic Prog acts like Yes and Genesis as the main influences.Do we hear these sources in the album?We certainly do.Although they sound more like a modern GENTLE GIANT, producing quirky, fast and intelligent music, some sort of innovative Avant Pop Prog with Punk and Classical touches.This is genuine music by any means, A.C.T. could be an appropriate comparison, still MoeTar sound a bit more retro-styled in the process, they even cross the borders of bands like RASCAL REPORTERS or THE MUFFINS at moments.Tracks are rather short, but the music is complex and intricate without losing much of its accesibility and freshness.Great female vocal harmonies, clever poppy tunes and progressive firepower with complicated twists, changing paces and climates in a blink of an eye, searching for the land of salvation in the genres of Jazz Fusion, Pop, Classical Music, Avant Rock or Musical.The arrangements are dense and dynamic with superb breaks and the atmosphere is extremely pleasant.Although much of the content is vocal-heavy, the instrumental background shines through, fantastic teamwork on interplays and tons of time signatures, with professional musicianship and an impressive technical level.GENTLE GIANT fans will love this to death, its modern Prog played with passion and tremendous consistency.

A highlight of the year 2010.Groundbreaking Avant-Prog-Pop with compact songwriting and an unmet instrumental delivery.Highly recommended.

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Review by Tull Tales

4 stars Another great release! They have retained their unique and very recognizable sound, yet pushed into new areas as well. The album is at once more accessible, and more proggy than the last one.

They start with some excellent and, at times, gorgeous melodies and "songs" and then embellish them with very sophisticated arrangements. The lyrics are, once again, intelligently written and expertly delivered.

There are a few "solos" here, but they are brief and complement the songs nicely. As on their first release though, the instrumental work going on behind the scenes, precludes the need for any extended soloing. I can't stop listening! Bravo!

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 From These Small Seeds by MOETAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.94 | 25 ratings

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Review by Tull Tales

4 stars This album is an absolute blast! Labeled as crossover, but this isn't pop based to my ears. It has a lot more in common with jazz, in my opinion. Moorea Dickason can flat out sing and she often employs a style that crams a thousand words into a single musical phrase, each word a different note. She can cover a lot of ground from delicate and beautiful to raging, vocal chord splitting power. She is fantastic and the melodies are always captivating. Coupled with intelligent lyrics, Moorea's vocals are a definite strength of the band.

Speaking of the band...every player is just fantastic. The performances are tight, the arrangements sophisticated, and they play off the vocals in a delightful manner. There aren't a lot of solos per se, but many of the arrangements have the band flying, so there is plenty to impress.

If you like shorter, song based yet complex music, I cannot recommend this band enough. This is an excellent debut and I can't wait to hear the next one.

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 From These Small Seeds by MOETAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Review by genesinister

5 stars I thought I start writing reviews for albums that make a difference, and because I want to start with a bang, this album is for me without a doubt the best album since at least 2002's Remedy Lane.

For me an album can have a personal (I can relate to the lyrics), emotional (it brings me in some mood) and intellectual (it amazes me) impact. Only a few songs touch me personally, most of them written by Oliver Philipps of Everon, and this album does not contain such a song. It does however do an excellent job at the other two levels.

Most appealing features of MoeTar are the original compositions, lyrics, rhythmics, keyboard sounds and (female) vocals.

Opener Dichotomy is based on a beautiful and never boring bass rhythm, which works very well in combination with the keyboards and drums.

Infinitesimal Sky starts off with a simpler rhythm but has some interesting vocals and breaks.

Butchers of Baghdad is the first of three consecutive tracks containing acrobatic vocals. Here, often dubbed by guitar, sometimes by drums, while keyboards and bass do their own thing, they take you on a rollercoaster ride.

Random Tandem is a strange track, with strange sounds and strange lyrics, and it all works so well.

Ist or an Ism is probably the most difficult one, it contains all of the above, and of course "Know love and love will know you".

Morning Person seems to bring you back on earth, with something that sounds a bit like a standard song, with lyrics you can actually sing along, but then a distorted mixed keyboards/guitar solo follows.

New World Chaos apparently means soothing vocals on top of sometimes disturbing, sometimes majestic, sometimes peaceful music.

Screed sounds a bit over the top, and although I like the ending, it's the only track that does not really appeal to me.

Never Home begins like a standard song, nice and relaxing, with a jazzy feeling, but keyboards and guitar get increasingly chaotic.

From These Small Seeds contains all MoeTar trademarks I love, it is packed with different melodies and moods, yet it flows so naturally and beautifully.

Friction is its little sister, thus ending the album in full MoeTar style.

In summary this album is filled with compact treasures. No epics, instrumentals or long solos. Still, outstanding musicianship by all. This is as good as it gets.

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 From These Small Seeds by MOETAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars MOETAR are an exciting new band from California. The keyboardist is the bass player for MIRTHKON. The star of the show though is most definetly the vocalist named Moorea who like Christina from FULANO / MEDIABANDA knows how to put on a show. And while her voice is "lights out" good, the instrumental work is often complex and stunningly well done. The vocals are diverse, theatrical and at times outrageous. It's not often that I laugh right out loud because i'm so impressed with what i'm hearing but I did at least three times while giving this my final listen before the review.

"Dichotomy" is a catchy vocal led track until we get some instrumental gymnastics before 2 1/2 minutes. "Infinitesimal Sky" again makes me exclaim "Man she can sing !". Some nice outfront guitar as well but man she's an amazing singer. "Butchers Of Baghdad" is where they slow it down, at least at first then it picks up with fast paced vocals. This is catchy. The guitar lights it up after 2 1/2 minutes. "Random Tandem" has a catchy beat as the vocals join in. She's doing it again ! I'm laughing after 3 1/2 minutes. "Ist Or An Ism" has a complex and powerful intro then it turns heavy. Strong vocals after a minute. She's showing off again 3 1/2 minutes in (haha).

"Morning Person" opens with piano then the bass and drums come in as restrained vocals follow. Chaotic guitar and sound each time she stops singing. Great track. "New World Chaos" has some excellent guitar as almost mono-toned vocals come in. The instrumental work is the focus here and it sounds amazing. "Screed" is an anti-religion song that is quite powerful. "Never Home" is slower with the focus on the vocals. Check out the powerful and chaotic intstrumental section 3 minutes in. "From These Small Seeds" has pulsating piano along with vocals as it turns heavier before settling back some. Complex instrumental work here with lots of tempo changes. "Friction" ends it with more powerful music and vocals.

Such an impressive record that is fun yet complex at the same time and always interesting. Please check them out.

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