Kaos Moon — After the Storm
(Kozak KO2501-2, 1994, CD)
by Mike Grimes, Published 1995-07-01Canadian band Kaos Moon, under the direction of vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Bernard Ouellette, has a lot in common with other prog/pop bands of today. Their music has a sound reminiscent of weaker Saga tracks and newer Pink Floyd and Marillion. The Saga connection comes primarily from guitarist Alain Pothier, whose guitar playing is the best aspect of the album. He alternates between quick staccato notes and long crunching tones, similar to the way Ian Crichton of Saga does. Other than the guitar though, none of the instruments do anything really cool. The keyboards, bass, and drums do pretty much what you would predict they would with this type of music. The vocals alternately sound like Peter Murphy of Bauhaus and Steve Hogarth of newer Marillion, but with less personality and fullness than either of those two. Ouellette's vocal cause isn't helped by the fact that a lot of the lyrics are pretty cheesy. There's just enough different aspects to the music to keep it from being considered average pop/ rock. Two of the eight tracks are instrumentals. There's a nice slow 12-string guitar part on the second track. However, all of the rhythms are typical 4/4 or 6/8 beats. Not that there is anything wrong with either of these time signatures, but if you're going to use them exclusively for an entire album, you should at least do something interesting within them. Kaos Moon doesn't. The album is slightly interesting in parts, but overall doesn't really excite.
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.
“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.
“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)
As with all Echo Us recordings, a number of seeming coincidences resulted in connections being drawn where prior there were none. Another experience of similar capacity was found in oboe samples from A Priori Memoriae that echoed the traditional “May Morning Dew’, also reworked for guitar on the new album.