A different, green world, as Brian Eno once imagined. Mós Ensemble had lived up to their name, pollinating every ear as one, growing, rampantly moving organism. Music as the matrix for spring dreams, for an arcadian adventure.
A pristine archipelago in a sea of jazz, folk, and psychedelica. No land of milk and honey, but of wriggling, withering chords and rhythms, of serene, softly sprinkling torrents of sound.
A place where a duo of angels – named Martha and Astrid, sirens cast ashore – scatter seeds with their lungs. Reed and brass provide either breeze or blizzard. Double bass and guitar are the tides, drums foster night or day time. And the songs are the birds, the bees, the fruit, the rain or sun. In the land of Mós grey is not an option, the soil is always rich and fertile. A world of hummus and wonder. Like a Richard Attenborough documentary, but loose and improvised.
It’s that world I welcome, when listening to Limbs, the band’s first, crowdfunded album.
I hear it whispering in Trees, which echo’s both Eastern European choral singing, the groovy kraut pop of Stereolab, and the saxophone fury that is Rashaan Roland Kirk. I hear it in Steve, inviting me far beyond the rainbow, to a peaceful refuge of delight and contemplation. It whisks me away in the parochial exotica of My Town, and it hypnotises with the cerebral Rubato. I taste its herbal shrubs in Kakkerlakje and its tribal finale. It’s an album without makeshift shelter. Mystical and slightly spellbinding. Organic and haunting. Abstract but very human. I can’t wait until it crawls back under my skin.
released February 1, 2019
Astrid Creve - voice
Marta del Grandi - voice
Ambroos De Schepper - soprano & alto sax
Benjamin Hermans - baritone sax & clarinet
Artan Buleshkaj - guitar
Kobe Boon - double bass
Simon Raman - drums
All Compositions by Kobe Boon
Lyrics by Astrid Creve (on track 2 & 4) & Marta del Grandi (on track 3 & 4)
Recorded by Peter Desmedt at Room 13, Gent
Mixed by Peter Desmedt at Studio Ledeberg, Gent
Mastered by Üwe Teichert at Electropolis, Brussel
Artwork by Cecilia Valagussa
Layout & Silkscreenprint by Levi Seeldraeyers & Stanly