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Album Review: Moulettes – Preternatural
Matt McCrory is puzzled by Moulettes' fourth record.
The first thing that hits you is how off-the-wall crazy it is. Album opener ‘Behemooth’ has got these jumpy riffs that could have come from a metal album, which makes the fact that they’re being played on a cello all the more bizarre. They somehow transition from verses akin to wackier cuts from Alt J’s This Is All Yours to choruses that could come from a Queen album set in space on ‘Bird of Paradise (Part 2)’, of which I could find no evidence of part 1 existing.
All of this is set to mad subjects for songs. This press release from the band says that they were inspired by ‘Octopus-chameleons’, for some reason. All I can decipher from the sinister instrumentation and song names like ‘Hidden World’ and ‘Medusa’ is that they’re going for some sort of Lovecraftian horror type-deal. Eerie vocal melodies on songs like ‘Patterns’ refer to indecipherable secrets set to pulsing electronics and distorted bassoon.
I don’t really know what’s going on.
“I can’t comprehend a single social occasion in which Preternatural is appropriate, but I can’t help but to be quizzically glad that it exists...