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    Posted: September 19 2008 at 11:38
[Apologies if this is duplicating another suggestion - nothing came up when I searched, though. Smile  Apologies also if this is the wrong mode of making such suggestions... Confused]

I have a feeling this may be in the pipeline already, but I'm going to make the suggestion anyway:

Mothlite!

Why they should be included: Daniel O’Sullivan. Need I say more?  This guy is amazingly talented (Guapo, Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses, Aethenor, Sunn0))), etc.), and Mothlite is ample proof of this.  The band is nominally a duo (O’Sullivan with engineer Antti Uusimaki), but features numerous guest musicians – all well-respected figures in contemporary experimental/prog music.  Mothlite’s album, ‘The Flax of Reverie’, is a haunting tapestry in sound – it is both sweet and sinister, strangely pleasant and yet deliciously disturbing.  Mothlite’s music has the stamp of O’Sullivan’s other music upon it – only it’s dreamier, somewhat psychedelic, hypnotic and subtle.  It strikes a wonderful balance between seeping soundscapes, layering on the atmosphere, and firm structure that guides the listener through an imaginary landscape…  Prog?  No doubt about it!  Clever, intriguing, distinctive stuff.

Band Info: Mothlite’s website features no descriptive information other than an inscrutable paragraph philosophising about the peppered moth’s evolution during the Industrial Revolution.  O’Sullivan has said in interview at The Line of Best Fit that he feels this is misleading – it was intended as a key to the atmosphere of the music, rather than the content.  In an interview on the Southern website (Mothlite’s label), O’Sullivan reveals the following…

“The story of Mothlite…

“Mothlite occurred to me after watching a film called Night of the Hunter.  There is a scene where the kids are drifting down-river on a rowboat; they’re running from bogeyman Bob Mitchum.  There is this incredible subliminal interaction on screen where they’re sleeping and rabbits and frogs on the embankment watch them float.  I guess they’re dreaming.  That paradox of disquiet and serenity is very familiar to me, that sensitivity, where all things become inflated, somehow hyper real.  There are moments from my childhood that are so real, I mean memories I can almost touch, yet they seem so absurd in retrospect, it’s hard to say what the reality was, but that’s the point, reality is subjective.  Mothlite is sometimes about re-animating dead things – dead language, dead spirits. It’s also about the food chain. And tragedy.  It’s also about listening to music and getting excited about it and wanting to absorb it somehow.

“My band, Guapo and Antti’s band at the time, Panic DHH, played a show together.  Antti looked like Vangelis buried behind wires and synthesizers, I’ve always wanted to work with someone who is so engaged by electronics.  It’s mysterious to me.  Even though I had the idea for Mothlite quite a long time ago, I knew its existence would depend heavily on finding the right person to work with.  There were lots of amazing players we’ve met over the years who were willing to help out.  Sara [Hubrich] from Miasma plays all of the violin and viola.  She’s amazing… she’s so intuitive.  Gilad Atzmon plays some beautiful clarinet.  He’s one of those musicians, you feel like you shouldn’t watch him when he plays, like you’re imposing or something – really exceptional.”

Country: UK I guess (not sure where Uusimaki hails from – Finland, judging by the name??).

Prog Genre: at a guess it’d have to be RIO/Avant, since pretty much all of O’Sullivan’s other projects are filed there.

Artist Picture: this rather fun picture appears with the interview at ‘The Line of Best Fit’ – link above.  I think these people were made to sit as far apart as possible on a gently-decomposing sofa. LOL



Band website: www.mothlite.com AND www.myspace.com/mothlite

Discography:
just the one album so far – ‘The Flax of Reverie’, released 2008.



MP3s: check out their myspace.

Thank you for your time! Smile



Edited by song_of_copper - September 20 2008 at 10:42
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2008 at 11:42
Mothlite.Great name for a band...

Is it after the dietry requiremnet of overweight moth-eating animals?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2008 at 11:57
Hehe, perhaps they should have called that album 'Obese Insectivore Support Group'. Tongue
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2008 at 12:41
A very nicely compiled and excellent suggestion.  I'd heard of it before; listening now.  Superb.  I really like Daniel O’Sullivan's work -- especially Miasma and the Carousel.... (which even prefer to the excellent Guapo).  Just in case the RIO/Avant team miss this topic, I'll alert them to it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2008 at 12:43
Originally posted by song_of_copper

Hehe, perhaps they should have called that album 'Obese Insectivore Support Group'. Tongue



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2008 at 13:01
Originally posted by song_of_copper

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“The story of Mothlite…

“Mothlite occurred to me after watching a film called Night of the Hunter.  There is a scene where the kids are drifting down-river on a rowboat; they’re running from bogeyman Bob Mitchum.  There is this incredible subliminal interaction on screen where they’re sleeping and rabbits and frogs on the embankment watch them float.  I guess they’re dreaming.  That paradox of disquiet and serenity is very familiar to me, that sensitivity, where all things become inflated, somehow hyper real.  There are moments from my childhood that are so real, I mean memories I can almost touch, yet they seem so absurd in retrospect, it’s hard to say what the reality was, but that’s the point, reality is subjective.



Both beautiful and intriguing. (Fantastic movie as well). I know the term is overused, but Daniel O’Sullivan's a genious. I'm defenatly gonna get Mothlite.


Over land and under ashes
In the sunlight, see - it flashes
Find a fly and eat his eye
But don't believe in me
Don't believe in me
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2008 at 13:54
Originally posted by Logan

A very nicely compiled and excellent suggestion.  I'd heard of it before; listening now.  Superb.  I really like Daniel O’Sullivan's work -- especially Miasma and the Carousel.... (which even prefer to the excellent Guapo).  Just in case the RIO/Avant team miss this topic, I'll alert them to it.

Thanks Logan - you're a gent! Big%20smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2008 at 13:58
Originally posted by Rocktopus

Originally posted by song_of_copper


“The story of Mothlite…

“Mothlite occurred to me after watching a film called Night of the Hunter.  There is a scene where the kids are drifting down-river on a rowboat; they’re running from bogeyman Bob Mitchum.  There is this incredible subliminal interaction on screen where they’re sleeping and rabbits and frogs on the embankment watch them float.  I guess they’re dreaming.  That paradox of disquiet and serenity is very familiar to me, that sensitivity, where all things become inflated, somehow hyper real.  There are moments from my childhood that are so real, I mean memories I can almost touch, yet they seem so absurd in retrospect, it’s hard to say what the reality was, but that’s the point, reality is subjective.

Both beautiful and intriguing. (Fantastic movie as well). I know the term is overused, but Daniel O’Sullivan's a genious. I'm defenatly gonna get Mothlite.

You should. Smile

I completely love that quote.  When you hear the music, it makes perfect sense.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2008 at 17:43
Hey. Been listening to Mothlite a lot the last week or so. Was a little dissapointed at first listen. Too plain beautiful and harmess, I thought. But I got into the dreamy, melancholic feel while listening to it a couple of times more in my studio. Its a very beautiful album indeed, but not necessarily harmless. The Untouched Dew is my favorite right now.
Over land and under ashes
In the sunlight, see - it flashes
Find a fly and eat his eye
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2009 at 07:43
Bump. It's been over a year. Is this being looked into? There are a few new tracks up on their myspace, and a new album is due next year. This time they go in a more "pop" direction, but I feel they have a place here anyhow, especially considering the first album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2009 at 05:50
their music is truly something else, I love them and also think they should be added
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2009 at 05:13
I'm going to keep bumping this thread until someone replies, at least.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2009 at 11:05
I'll mention it to the avant prog team again, but if they're not interested, perhaps we could find another category for it since the project should be in PA.

EDIT: having listened to myspace with the new material, would Crossover fit it better?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2009 at 20:54
Originally posted by Logan

I'll mention it to the avant prog team again, but if they're not interested, perhaps we could find another category for it since the project should be in PA.

EDIT: having listened to myspace with the new material, would Crossover fit it better?


Perhaps it would, I dunno if it quite fits in Avant. Wonderful music either way.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2009 at 17:11
Originally posted by Evolutionary_Sleeper

Originally posted by Logan

I'll mention it to the avant prog team again, but if they're not interested, perhaps we could find another category for it since the project should be in PA.

EDIT: having listened to myspace with the new material, would Crossover fit it better?


Perhaps it would, I dunno if it quite fits in Avant. Wonderful music either way.


Having read the crossover definition, I think they would fit there perfectly. I think they are 'avant-garde', but not avant-prog as such. The new stuff really is sophisticated pop music and there are some nods to this on The Flax of Reverie as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 24 2009 at 14:33
Originally posted by Kim?

Originally posted by Evolutionary_Sleeper

Originally posted by Logan

I'll mention it to the avant prog team again, but if they're not interested, perhaps we could find another category for it since the project should be in PA.

EDIT: having listened to myspace with the new material, would Crossover fit it better?


Perhaps it would, I dunno if it quite fits in Avant. Wonderful music either way.


Having read the crossover definition, I think they would fit there perfectly. I think they are 'avant-garde', but not avant-prog as such. The new stuff really is sophisticated pop music and there are some nods to this on The Flax of Reverie as well.


I'm inclined towards Crossover -- I'll mention it to their team, but don't expect a quick response as due to various circumstances (including that that team gets a huge number of suggestions) it may take a while before they get the chance to get to this one.  And of course it's Christmas!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 24 2009 at 16:52
Last I listened, this was ambient. Maybe I was wrong.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 13 2010 at 14:12
...added to Crossover :-)
The Progressive Rock record labels project: http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=85100
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^ Sweet. I believe they deserve it 
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