Review: Momick (2011)


artist: Momick
release: Momick
format: LP
year of release: 2011
label: Bladud Flies!
dur­a­tion: 36:58

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Momick is a new pro­ject by Richard Moult and the bri­co­leur (Michael Lawrence) where they elab­or­ate upon the mix of piano and elec­tronic manip­u­la­tion that we first heard on some tracks of Moult’s Ethe album. This style draws upon an exag­ger­a­tion of the rever­ber­at­ing and drift­ing qual­it­ies of the piano sound, which brings the music some­where in between clas­sical and ambi­ent.

The melodic tone of Momick is often mel­an­choly or oppress­ive, and far less bright and folky than the oth­er­wise lovely LP cover sug­gests. The intens­ity of the effects over­lay­ing the piano sound wavers, res­ult­ing in a nice ten­sion between crisper parts and other moments when the sound is a thick, massive wash, with even an out­burst of noise at one point.

Vari­ation between move­ments is con­sid­er­able, par­tic­u­larly with the addi­tion of some guest appear­ances here and there, to wit the lovely oboe of Mark Bai­gent in the fourth track, and the sin­gu­lar voice of David Tibet in a par­tic­u­larly emo­tional per­form­ance on the fifth. Of par­tic­u­lar note too is the sixth move­ment, with its delight­ful piano swells that form a melody - or rather, a tor­rent of chords - that is slightly more uplift­ing than the rest of the album. The long final piece ends the album as it began, with a more mourn­ful cadence.

Momick is obvi­ously a recom­men­ded album if you enjoyed any of Moult’s earlier piano works, par­tic­u­larly Ethe, which fea­tured exper­i­ments in this more ambient/electronic dir­ec­tion. For that reason, the album might also appeal to a more gen­eral ambi­ent audi­ence who are open to some inter­sti­tial dark piano sounds.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. 3:46
2. 4:57
3. 6:17
4. 2:20

5. 5:43
6. 3:35
7. 10:20