Artist/ Band: Moraine
Title: Manifest DeNsity
Label: MoonJune Records
Year of Release: 2009
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The Review:

Hailing from Seattle, Moraine presents their debut Manifest Density in 2009 via MoonJune Records. The line-up of Dennis Rea (guitars), Kevin Millard (bass, baliset), Jay Jaskit (drums), Ruth Davidson (cello) and Alicia Allen (violin) invokes a fine genre mixture of progressive, chamber and eclectic music. This makes it hard to pin-point what exactly is Moraine all about. It also makes for an interesting mix of songs that always keeps the listener’s attention.

This was by far one of the more interesting and amazing albums that has came across my desk this year. Everything about it keeps me wanting more. I’m particularly drawn to is the jazzy “Ephebus Amoebus“ to the crunchy "Kuru" and the jazz-fusion vibe of the title track. The album in many ways, achieves what previous bands of the 1970’s have done, continuing in a forward thinking fashion.

If I had to give a reference to a group, then a mixture of Red-era Crimson, combined with some moments of Univers Zero and Mahavishnu Orchestra. And that would only touch the surface of Moraine’s overall sound. I’d highly recommend this album to fans of the more complex and eclectic side of progressive music.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on December 24th, 2009


01. Save The Yuppie Breeding Grounds
02. Ephebus Amoebus
03. Nacho Sunset
04. $9 Pay-Per-View Lifetime TV Movies
05. Manifest Density
06. Uncle Tang's Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
07. Disillusioned Avatar
08. Kuru
09. Revenge Grandmother
10. Staggerin'
11. Middlebrau

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