The Moles - Tonights Music

The Moles – Tonight’s Music CD

£12.00

• First new record in over 20 years

Of course, the question is what makes a record a Moles record? “The Moles is a fitting incognito pseudonym synonym nom de guerre pen name make believe disguise cloak for most of the musical ideas I get. The album has accumulated over many years. I recorded in Boston, New York, and Western Massachusetts when ideas and opportunities came along. It is almost like a journal covering 15 years,” explains legendary tunesmith Richard Davies (Cardinal, solo). Recorded with like-minded cohorts such as Boston veterans Bob Fay (Sebadoh) and Malcolm Travis (Sugar), as well as New York City fresh faces Dion Nania (Free Time) and Jarvis Taveniere (Woods), the collected songs on “Tonight’s Music” continue his streak of dazzling and unique psych pop.

With lyrics inspired by the deeply personal, along with Davies wild and cracked imagination, housed within a swirl of sweet melodies and careening blasts, sometimes in the same tune, the end result is an album that delivers everything great about psych rock, without really being a straight psych rock record. If it sounds complicated, it’s not. Davies never loses sight of delivering his songs, whether that means a chugging acoustic train ignited by distortion and holding desperately to the tracks, or a shimmering silver pop gem tickling your ears. Has he created his very own “Madcap Laughs” or “Oar”, twisted around his playful ways, or has he just taught the kids how it is really done (once again)? The sun will rise all summer long as we await the answers.

“Tonight’s Music” follows on the heels of the 2014 comprehensive reissue of their past discography; “Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story Of The Moles” as well as a triumphant show at Glastonbury.

“The greatest differentiator between the work of the Moles and that of their contemporaries, though, is Davies himself. As a presence, there is something deeply and beguilingly inscrutable about him, a purposeful blankness that betrays an enormous amount of weight and depth behind it, and oozes both vulnerability and vitriol when it breaks and cracks.”  PITCHFORK

“Classic sparkling Oceania indie-pop.” – STEREOGUM

“Combining solidly weird psych pop songcraft with a brilliant sense of melody and an ear for subtle beauty in the arrangements.”ALLMUSIC

  1. Strange Summer   RD  guitars and echo chamber, Bob Fay (Sebadoh, Deluxx) drums and vocals, Roger Lavallee (engineer/producer, Western MA) bass and Stylophone
  2. Head In The Speakers  RD gtrs  Roger Lavallee  drums
  3. Space Fever RD gtrs   Roger Lavallee bass, drums
  4. Highbury And Islington  RD gtrs, found sounds
  5. Needle And Thread  RD gtrs, click, Bob Fay drums, Roger Lavallee, gtr treatments, bass
  6. Slings And Arrows  RD gtrs, Roger Lavallee bass
  7. Stray Dog  RD gtrs and dog paws
  8. Red Carpet RD gtr treatments, gtrs, Roger Lavallee drums, bass
  9. Damien Lovelock  RD gtrs, with Free Time – Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums  Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs,
  10. K.B.O. RD gtrs, Steve Brodsky (Cave In) toy drums, Dave Minehan (Replacements) production/gtrs, Free Time – Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums  Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs,
  11. Home For The Hobos RD kb, harmonica, banjo, found sounds
  12. Are You Free Tomorrow? RD piano, synthesisier, Roger Lavallee gtrs
  13. Dreamland RD gtrs, Free Time – Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums  Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs,
  14. Beauty Queen Of Watts, RD gtrs,balalaika, Free Time – Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums  Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs,
  15. Chills RD gtrs, Free Time – Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums  Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs,
  16. Out Of Thin Air RD gtrs, organ, humidifier, fotoplayer
  17. Room Temperature RD found sounds and gtrs
  18. You’re In My Band RD gtrs, Malcolm Travis (Sugar) drums, Dave Minehan (Replacements) gtrs and gtr treatments, Steve Brodsky gtrs and super bass
  19. Hand Painted Carved Imported Oil Painting RD and Dave Minehan gtrs, Steve Brodsky gtrs, Dave Minehan  jingle bells, Roger Lavallee bass
  20. Shandy RD gtrs, Roger Lavallee bass, drums
  21. Wear And Tear RD gtrs, Bob Fay drums
  22. Tonight’s Music RD and Roger Lavallee gtrs
  23. Artificial Heart RD gtrs, Free Time – Dion Nania gtrs, Adrienne Humblet bass, Michael Mimoun drums  Jonah Maurer (Real Estate) gtrs
  24. Imperial Blues RD gtrs, Dave Minehan oscillator, Roger Lavallee bass, drums, Bob Fay tapestry percussion
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