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Matching Mole


Canterbury Scene

3.63 | 246 ratings

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4 stars Now this is a very nice album. This album is one of the coolest and best of the Canterburry Scene. It's a Canterburry classic. This is Wyatt's first side project, later he will come up with the very famous Canterburry band Hatfield and The North. This resembles a lot of Soft Machine's old stuff, before they became a great jazz fusion band, if you like 'Volume Two' or 'Third' this album is for you.

The album has two fašades, a calm and joyful one and the second is pretty wacky and dim. In the first part, everything is as if it was put on a cloud, or in a large green grassed field (with like, lots of Moles). 'O Caroline' is built in a very simple way, your average 70's rock love song, but with wahh playing in the back. The lyrics are overall funny or just cool, since only two songs have lyrics, they're not really important. We can find Wyatt's crazy vocal work in 'Instant Pussy' and 'Signed Curtain' who are still two very cool songs (in the correct sense of the term). Then the music starts to become a sort of "jam", more than a structured record, but there's no real problem with that In the other half of the album, 'Instant Pussy' becomes an 'Instant Kitten' and everything starts to dim out, including Wyatt's voice. It's a very interesting evolution, and here's where the second half starts. 'Instant Kitten' is all orchestrated with a great guitar solo, then 'Dedicated To Hugh.' which starts with a sort of ambient way, then shoots with Matching Mole's most well known riffs ever, and shit break's loose, it's very heavy. The end blends off with their one of their coolest and darkest songs 'Beer as In Braindeer'. It's based on crazy riff but it's all a nice jam. The Last song: 'Immediate Curtain' is like a sort of meltdown from this chaotic record. It's a mellotron based ambient song by Rob Wyatt.

To conclude my presentation, this is a very good album. It's very crazy, I'm not going to say that it lacks of base, because even though it kind'of does, it's not really important, because it's great.

Grimfurg | 4/5 |


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