segunda-feira, 14 de março de 2011

Bobak, Jons, Malone - Motherlight (1970 UK Prog Psych)

ÓTIMO VENENO!! TEM MUITA GENTE QUE CONHECE PELO NOME DO ALBUM E NÃO PELO NOME DA BANDA!! HÁ UMA NÍTIDA CONFUSÃO QUE ROLA PELA INTERNET NESSE SENTIDO!! MAS ACREDITEM!! MOTHERLIGHT É O NOME DO DISCO E NÃO DA BANDA!! A SONORIDADE É UM ALBUM TRIPPY CHEIO DE PSICODELIA COM TENDÊNCIAS PROGRESSIVAS, POR VEZES ACIDO E FOLK, COM UMA BOA HARMONIA, BONS SOLOS DE GUITARRAS FUZZY E UMA ATMOSFERA SINISTRA E PERTURBADORA!! VENENO RARO E BASTANTE RECOMENDADO!!

A studio creation given a green light by Morgan Blue Town label owner Monty Babson, the trio consisted of recording engineers Mike Bobak and Andy Johns (that actually being the correct spelling of his last name) teaming with Wilson Malone, lead figure of never-quite-stars Orange Bicycle. Without trying to draw an exact parallel, one can say this was the equivalent to something like Curt Boettcher's work with the Millennium or Sagittarius, though on a smaller scale and with slightly different goals. With Malone on guitar, keyboards, singing and most songwriting chores while Bobak and Johns handled rhythm and recording duties, the trio created an easygoing and often quite attractive collection of eight songs, generally pitched somewhere between acid folk bliss-out and the kind of heavy riffage starting to coalesce into heavy metal, with sometimes strident piano tying all the songs together. A song like "On a Meadow-Lea" shows the various sides well, as Malone's calm repetition of the chorus towards the end offers him a chance to turn in a nicely fried solo over the top.

Motherlight isn't deathless, and a couple of songs probably could have been dropped (though the ridiculous pseudo-country "Burning the Weed" is a classic novelty goof), but it's still a nice peek into a time and place. Meanwhile, David Wells' 2001 liner notes provide all the information one could want, as well as a wisely observed knock on the industry surrounding reissues or bootlegs of obscure U.K. albums from that era -- a bit of biting the hand that feeds, perhaps, but one done with humor and wit. (Ned Raggett - AMG)

Official reissue of this highly sought after psychedelic progressive /folky UK album from 1970. Mixing equal quantities of spidery psychedelia and progressive instrumentalism, the otherworldly feelings grow with each listening, as the use of dissonance is highlighted. Plenty of fuzz guitar too!! (Freak Emporium)

01. Motherlight - 3:28
02. On a Meadow-Lea - 4:38
03. Mona Lose - 3:00
04. Wanna Make a Star, Sam - 2:09
05. House of Many Windows - 3:39
06. Chant - 4:08
07. Burning the Weed - 3:24
08. The Lens - 6:48

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