Brain-child of one Richard Davies, The Moles were an Australian chamber-pop band, who broke up in 1993, only for Davies to use the Moles monicker for the release of what was effectively his solo debut album ‘Instinct’. Flexing chamber pop with symphonic bursts and psychedelic whimsy, it would not over-flatter to describe it as a latter-day John Barry sound-track for the cool generation. Subsequently, Davies joined forced with multi-instrumentalist and arranger Eric Matthews to form the duo Cardinal, which released their lush self-titled debut to great acclaim, before resuming a solo career, with growing legions of avowed fans, including the Flaming Lips.
“a uniquely fraught and cinematic sensibility to the Oceanian indie pop”Pitchfork