Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Krautrock • United States

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Moolah biography
Formed in the 70s by Walter Burns and Maurice Roberson, Moolah delivers a bewitching tranced-out droning krautrockin' universe. Their own musical identity is made of lysergic-aleatoric experiments, garage sounds, neo-shamanic voice incantations and cosmic synth ondulations. Rather intuitive anarchic release but it contains some memorable creative moments and nicely done eastern-like buzzing spaciness. Woe Ye Demons Possessed (1974) is a rarity and a must have for fans of the most experimental side of krautrock music (Eruption, Kluster, Organisation, Think, Zweistein?.)

Philippe Blache

MOOLAH forum topics / tours, shows & news

MOOLAH forum topics
No topics found for : "moolah"
Create a topic now
MOOLAH tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "moolah"
Post an entries now

MOOLAH Videos (YouTube and more)

Showing only random 3 | Show all MOOLAH videos (2) | Search and add more videos to MOOLAH

Buy MOOLAH Music

More places to buy MOOLAH music online Buy MOOLAH & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

MOOLAH discography

Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help to complete the discography and add albums

MOOLAH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.34 | 14 ratings
Woe Ye Demons Possessed

MOOLAH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

MOOLAH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

MOOLAH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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

MOOLAH Reviews

Showing last 10 reviews only
 Woe Ye Demons Possessed  by MOOLAH album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.34 | 14 ratings

Woe Ye Demons Possessed
Moolah Krautrock

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This one appears on the 'Nurse With Wound ' list from 1980. It's avant garde electronic prog for want of a better description. Listening to it I have to say that it's a very strange and unusual album considering it was released in 1974.

Recorded by 'never to be heard of again' reprobates Walter Burns and Maurice Robertson, they utilize backwards phasing and other morphing gadgets to make this recording one of a kind. 'Woe Ye Demons Possessed' is nearly entirely instrumental and full of massive echo and re- verb throughout without a single guitar in sight.

The production and recording itself isn't that good if played at loud volume. The bizarre and erratic nature of the song structures are, however - excellent if somewhat directionless. Moolah are another of those obscure bands whom the likes of 'Throbbing Gristle' and in particular 'Zoviet France' owe a debt. In particular the latter who virtually stole entire piano sections for 'Cirice' for their excellent album 'Eostre' from '84.

Having owned and heard this numerous times since 2006 I have to admit that it's a bit hit and miss. The quieter messed up and atmospheric piano parts are excellent. They reveal an entirely original sound, unlike anything I've heard before. The drums have a bit of a tinny quality which detracts however. Although when everything starts playing in reverse on 'Mirrors' I have a grin on my face like a Cheshire Cat.

A very unAmerican recording, out of time and out of place considering it was an entirely USA affair.

 Woe Ye Demons Possessed  by MOOLAH album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.34 | 14 ratings

Woe Ye Demons Possessed
Moolah Krautrock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars As an American student of Krautrock from a precocious young age, it's a little embarrassing now to be introduced to this experimental New York State band, forty years late and by a friend in Denmark. In my defense, their one studio album was a rarity even when new in 1974. And their hermetic style of instrumental psychedelia remains an acquired taste, even today.

Filing the group under the Krautrock sub-label seems like a necessary compromise for such undefinable music, but it makes sense: the Moolah duo was exploring similar terrain, half a world away. What the album lacks is the same historical / cultural urgency that made Krautrock so essential in its own country and specific era: post-war Germany in the turbulent late 1960s. This album, in contrast, seems to have been created in a vacuum: all part of its enigmatic charm.

But what about the music itself? Here I defer to the accidental poetry of DamoXt7942's April 2012 review, which in its faulty syntax and imperfect grammar actually captures the elusive essence of Moolah better than a native English speaker ever could (his is currently the only rating here, written or otherwise). Evocative phrases like "cheap electronic earache" and "another dimensional nausea" are like fractal carrots dangled in front of a hungry Krauthead: it's hard to resist music described so vividly.

Even better is the band's own sales talk, on the back cover of the original vinyl: "A Cosmic Rock Relaxation elevate sensory awareness to include the Aura of intuitive perception of higher realms of Human / Divine consciousness using the Astral Body Projection Experience Vehicle to pierce time / space / logic dimension barriers on the return voyage to The Ultimate Concept, - THE ORIGIN."

Clearly either a sly satirical statement was being made, or else a lot of serious drugs were available in Greenwich Village at the time.

Background information on the band is scarce, but I'm assuming the two-man team, identified in the LP sleeve notes only as Maurice the Archer and Walter the Lion (presumably in reference to their astrological signs) play keyboards and drums, respectively. The primary instrument is a cheap acoustic piano, cascading through the album opener "Crystal Waters" and filtered through an array of effects, with a ghostly shimmer of lo-fi electronics floating just overhead (imagine Harold Budd, adrift in deep space). The drumming meanwhile hardly resembles any traditional time-keeping, at one point recalling a heavy freight train rolling slowly over its switches. In the song "Mirror's" the rhythm section was appropriately reversed, adding yet another dimension of weirdness.

The whole eerie, otherworldly "paranormal concertwork" (again, in the band's own words) flows together like a single-six-part suite. But the back-to-back movements "Terror is Real" and "Courage" deserve special mention, if only for their complimentary titles, summing up the entire human condition in twelve trippy minutes.

The album will always be too obscure to earn more than three enthusiastic stars. But there's plenty here to discover for connoisseurs of musical esoterica.

 Woe Ye Demons Possessed  by MOOLAH album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.34 | 14 ratings

Woe Ye Demons Possessed
Moolah Krautrock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars What a darkness for being a US project.

Mysterious, creepy and cranky atmosphere around them indeed. Guess they could not have been appreciated so easily by rock freaks in those days. Perverse, sticky drumming like "Wall Of Sounds" with cheap electronic earache from the beginning of "Crystal Waters" reminds me another dimensional nausea. Such an infernal human shouts, inner psychedelic sound space, and some tribal percussive kicks upon a rough animal planet in the following "Terror Is Real" (that is really a terror-vision!) can let a sorrowful piano solo "Courage" quite peaceful one, which can encourage us in such a tough real world.

Another strategy of fantastic Krautrock representation should be "The Hard Hit" we may say uh? We can hear just pretty simple riff depths filled with hard drumming, inorganic piano punches, and unstable rhythm snakes all around, and feel glad to touch the hard hits, very tough to follow though. Can we say it be their masterpiece? This hardness may let us forget remarkable experiments (really Kraut-ish!) in "Mirror's", built with quirky electronic and dark voice / tape effects simply. Oh the pioneer of Acid Mothers Temple? Neat one. Their final product is the last unrefined mixture "Redemption". This final answer veiled with eccentricity squeezed here and there around itself cannot relieve nor relax your neck stiffness, let me say.

At any rate, this obscure creation can be considered as one of transcendental meditative Krautrock gems in mid 1970s, we Krautrock mania can say really.

P. S.: This project have been recommended by a Krautrock researcher Pierre (hellogoodbye) a while before ... thanks Pierre for your brilliant recommendation!

Thanks to philippe for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives