Moom — Toot
(Delerium DELEC CD035, 1995/19995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-11-01
Moom is a new four-piece (but who's that fifth guy in the picture?) from the UK that many might enjoy. Vital and energetic, they combine some strong elements of the Canterbury sound with the laid-back spirit of the Grateful Dead, a little west-coast funk a-la Tower of Power, and an explorative spirit. Like Caravan circa In the Land of Grey and Pink, we are treated to the same kind of tweaked-out lighthearted lyrics, ripping instrumental forays, and disregard for allegiance to any particular style (or clever avoidance of the proverbial pigeonhole). Yes, these guys are all over the place, and because of that this it may take a few listens before one realizes precisely what's going on (this writer is still figuring it out!) There are few of those standard overused progressive typicalities – this is a song oriented band that is far away from the whole neo-prog scene, yet delightfully interesting and captivating in their own way, nonetheless. Canterbury lives! Certainly would like to hear a lot more bands with this much verve. Recommended.
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