Exposé Online banner

Mooch — Gaiaspace
(Dead Earnest DERNCD 99, 2006, CD)

by K. Leimer, Published 2008-01-01

Gaiaspace Cover artDripping with glissando and staggering from frequent hamsterish workouts on the pitch wheel, Gaiaspace (not Gaia's pace?) is indeed Space Music, all the way from the strained noun-combo of the title to the form-free Hillage-like stretches of guitar noodling. There are no modest proportions at work, no sense of constraint or contrast: just flat out jams that more often than not manage to dead end, despite the vastness of space itself. Twirly, liquid, running fast then faster analog sounding synth riffing dukes it out with the sustain and feedback of some lovely sounding and slightly twee guitar, as all the while the omnipresent beats try to maintain order. As required by the genre, the compositions are long and favor lengthy and usually solo extrapolations over ensemble style playing. These pieces are mostly smoothly textured beds, driven by churning beats or overt sequencing which is then slathered with the aforementioned and interminable solos, a pitched mayonnaise of reassuringly major scales. Such structures — or sandwiches — really don't exhibit much in the way of dimensionality, either in the music or the audio soundstage. And when visiting Gaiaspace, reverb often becomes so dominant that you can almost blindly count the many windings of the old analog springs. If nothing else, Gaiaspace now makes obvious, at least in certain parts of the universe, that time has come to a complete and mostly self-reassuring stop.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Mooch

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Koniec - Silenci en Bla – Koniec is a Spanish instrumental four-piece of drums, keys, bass and saxes, whose music could best be described as free-jazz-rock, along the same axis as folks like Curlew, Doctor Nerve, and others....  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues