The easy thing to write about Moodring‘s new album “Scared Of Ferret“, is that it’s a side project of two Rollerball members – Mae Starr (Vocals, Keyboards) and Monte Trent Allen (Bass, percussion). Rollerball is by far one of my favourite experimental groups, and it’s a band that releases one great album after another. It’s really hard to understand how they manage to control these bursts of ideas and make a solid album out of them.
That’s why Scared is no surprise with its quality. But that was the easy part. Now you try to go ahead and describe this truly brilliant album, consists of free jazz extravaganza, with spooky keyboard layers, tribal gatherings, doomy psychedelia and an overall Sun Ra cloud hovering above. Wait, I just did.
But that’s not enough, coz Moodring’s album is much more then a random collection of under the influence tracks, happend to be found in an album. First, I should say it’s a daring addition to the already daring catalog of the fantastic North-Carolina label Silber Records. For those who misseed them so far, make sure you’ll go to their homepage and click on as many audio streamed files as you can.
Second, It’s worth pointing out, that although it’s a rather bizzare album, it doesn’t lose its focus and keeps the listener hooked to the captivating collection of abstract ideas and colors, gathered together in an album, by these two Rollerball musicians, joined by Jesse Stevens and Michael Barun Hamilton. Mae Starr’s voice is always haunting, scary at times, and constantly thrilling. She has the ability to put shivers down my neck as a last audiophilic supper before the too-early grave. The sound textures are vary from free jazz, esoterica, Can-style Groove, Gong-style textures, threatning keyboard arrangments and psychedelic horror film soundtracks. If Alejandro Jodorowski was to make another movie in 2010, it would be a terrific choice to take Sacred as the perfect soundtrack for it.
I’m a sucker for bedroom recordings, especially when it sounds like it was done with zero efforts and a constant joy of creation and band dynamics. This is no exception. Rollerball is around for too long and thus they understand how to make the home audio equipment work for you.
This a truly bizzare album. It’s dark yet not too heavy, it’s simple but then again has complex arrangemtns, it’s solid but each track is a master’s work. The many conflicts ain Moodring’s albums, like many Rollerball albuims, is what makes this band so special and this album to a delightful piece of work.