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Mooch — Postvorta
(Taste Taste 48, 1994, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 1994-12-31

Postvorta Cover artMooch is Steve Palmer on guitars, keyboards, and things aided by Conan McPhee’s bass guitar and Hazel Dean’s and Mike Wright’s Tibetan singing bowls, singing bells, and cymbals. Just like the multi-volume Hitchhiker’s trilogy, Postvorta is part three of Mooch’s four part “trilogy” describing the journey of a great laser-sail starship as it travels to the star Beta Hydrii at the end of the third millennium. Part three, documented on this disk, follows a sibling ship the Al-Jabr as it sails to the star Postvorta. So set your CD player on auto pilot and strap yourself in for an excursion to the nether reaches of ambient avant garde electronics. We now return to our story already in progress. The opening track "Biomass Transputer," avant garde experimental music with the systematic beat of the kick drum, conveys the mechanical workings of the starship while outside the ionized gases, stellar clusters, and pulsars glide by. "Extended Life" continues in this vein with shortwave radio and analog electronics, an ambient lover’s dream come true. On reaching Postvorta the crew encounters metallic and mechanical chattering aliens and the music becomes more humanistic and gritty. "On Winged Beings" we experience some beautiful ethereal floating ambient music similar to Peter Frohmader’s one-off release Spheres. This epic journey ends with the 22 minute closing track "Human and Euyyueh," an ambient soothing suite of Tibetan singing bowls, singing bells, cymbals, and electronics.

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