February 10, 2012

Review: MoeTar-From These Small Seeds

MoeTar is the best band that you have never heard of until now.  Consisting of Moorea Dickason (vocals), Tarik Ragab (bass), Matthew Charlea Heulitt (guitar), Matt Lebofsky  (keyboards), and Dave Flores (drums), the awkward and cacophonic band name will help to serve as a reminder.  Thankfully for the world, From These Small Seeds is the band’s debut release, so there is no extensive discography to catch-up on.  This is a good time to stumble upon MoeTar because you will want to and need to spend some time with this album. 

Right away it is easy to understand that this band is something else.  The opening track “Dichotomy” is like being greeted to the sound of the joy of flying through the clouds during a bright day. Do not let the attractiveness the music and of her voice fool you, because the lyrics are far from sweetness and light, hence the title.  I can already tell that this whole album is going to be a trip into a mad and brilliant world with the vocal narration to keep me going.  “Infinitesimal Sky” continues the journey and we keep on climbing and soaring deeper into this wondrous land. These songs are definitely going to need more than one listen to appreciate fully with all that this band has to offer. There is so much going on and “Infinitesimal Sky” is no exception, yet it all comes together so well.

A quick glance at the title suggests a political theme, but “Butchers of Baghdad” is so much more clever and insightful than your typical political song by taking a two-handed strike at conformity and consumerism.  The lyrics are full of questions to think about. If the bite of this song could be calculated, it would be a saber tooth tiger.  You would have more success looking for the Holy Grail than finding a better political song than this one.  The hypnotic sound of “Random Tandem” is matched equally by the vocals, which are just incredible.  Every song is a new sound and does not fall into the pit of becoming bland.

“Ist or an Ism” has a very funky beginning with vocals that hit like a thunderstorm. Keeping the opening sound in mind, it is no telling of how the song sounds at its end.  Lyrically, this is one of my favorite songs.  Following this up is another musical surprise, “Morning Person.”  “New World Chaos” is one of those song names that makes you think “I wish I thought of that.”  I love the title, but I love the song even more. The clashing images complement the theme of the song well.

The ominous piano opening and rumbling drums in the opening are preparation for the cutting lyrics of “Screed.” So led by noble fools whose books and man-made phony rules attract the sheep to shepherd schools is the first line and things are just getting warmed up. I would say this one is my favorites, but they are all so fantastic making it hard to choose a definite one. “Never Home” has a jazzy feel to it.  It is also the most low-key song on the album with a toned down pace not neared by any of the others.  The title track “From These Small Seeds” is brilliant song to match this brilliant album.  The phrase “who cares” has never sounded so soothing until now.  ‘Friction” ends the album incredibly. You may now pick your jaw up from the floor.

MoeTar’s From These Small Seeds is the type of record that should be experienced at least once.  This is easily going to be a top album of the year for me and the top of the past few years or so.  I will die probably with this being on of my favorite albums list because it is that ridiculously fantastic.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: ALL

Brian McKinnon 

February 8, 2012

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