Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CD of the Week - "Moraine: Metamorphic Rock"

CD of the Week
Moraine: "Metamorphic Rock" (MoonJune) 2011

DENNIS REA - electric guitar
ALICIA DeJOIE - electric violin
JAMES DeJOIE - saxophone, flute, effects
KEVIN MILLARD - electric bass

Recorded live at North East Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) 2010, Bethlehem, PA, June 20, 2010
Front-of-house engineer: Phil Leibowicz. Live recording engineer: Brett Kull, Area 602 Studios
Mixed by Steve Fisk at Steve F Studio in Seattle, WA, July-August 2011
Mastered by Barry Corliss at Master Works, Seattle
Produced by Moraine & Steve Fisk
Executive Producer & Graphics: Leonardo Pavkovic
Front Cover Photo: Dennis Rea
Liner Photos: Joe del Tufo

1. Irreducible Complexity (3:39)
2. Manifest Density (3:45)
3. Save the Yuppie Breeding Grounds (4:02)
4. Disillusioned Avatar/Dub Interlude/Ephebus Amoebus (10:25)
5. Disoriental Suite (11:46)
6. Kuru (4:31)
7. The Okanogan Lobe (7:36)
8. Uncle Tang's Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (3:44)
9. Blues for a Bruised Planet (4:35)
10. Waylaid (5:31)
11. Middlebräu (9:09)

Since releasing their widely acclaimed debut CD "manifest deNsity" (MJR028) in 2009, Seattle’s Moraine has quickly built a reputation as one of the most electrifying and original instrumental rock bands anywhere -- winning over listeners across the globe with its unique amalgam of art rock, forward-thinking jazz, world music, and more.

The band ups the ante with its highly-anticipated new release, "Metamorphic Rock: Live at NEARfest." Captured in peak form at NEARfest 2010, Moraine wowed listeners with their inventive compositions, formidable musicianship, and tightly meshed interplay. Documenting a major advance in the group’s evolution from its chamber-rock origins toward a more forceful and dynamic sound, Metamorphic Rock consists largely of new and previously-unreleased material, augmented by a number of radically retooled tunes from manifest deNsity.

Having been compared to King Crimson, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Terje Rypdal, the group has forged its own distinct sonic identity. Whether engaging in jazz-inflected improvisation, executing intricate ensemble passages, or dishing out crushing, twisted riffs, the band displays a warmth and lyricism often lacking in avant-rock. "Metamorphic Rock" amply demonstrates that Moraine, like its geological namesake, is truly a force of nature.

Please check this interview with Dennis Rea:

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