CD REVIEW: The Full Moon Orchestra - This is our Music
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Full Moon Orchestra
Album: This is our Music
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic Folk, Pop, Fusion, Jazz
Sounds Like: James Taylor, Acoustic Alchemy, Pat Metheny to Paul Simon
Weakness: Post Production Process
The Full Moon Orchestra is a fascinating musical project from Belgium. Reading from their bio: The Full Moon Orchestra mixes elements of folk jazz and classical and will take you from Latin beat to odd rhythms, from waltz to flamenco style Their music is floaty , deep , sensitive and innovative . Their latest CD This is our Music was inspired instrumental with elegant soloing from Frankie Rose Duffy on the 10 strings mandolin and JeanDidier vander Vorst on classical and acoustic guitar.
The CD kicks things off with “Sunkawakan” an upbeat intro piece that serves up classic Americana vibe that delivers slamming fretwork, driving synthetic rhythm and rich accoutic ambience that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “My Babe’s Crying Again” shifts gears with its smooth flowing rhythm, impressive vocal harmoniesand catchy vocal groove from Duffy and company. Track 3 keeps things moving in the right direction with “Sequoia” an earthy melody with dynamic musical groove and impressive mandolin acoustic guitar tandems that ins comparable to a warm blanket. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts like James Taylor, Acoustic Alchemy, and even Pat Metheny to Paul Simon. The music itself is an amazing blend of modern acoustic folk, with Acoustic Jazz and elements of Fusion and Celtic music. The musicianship of all the players involved is equally as impressive. The earthy freeboard accents are well placed. The rhythm groove (Bass/Drums) is thick as a brick. The vocal presence of Duffy is warm and inviting and fits this style of music perfectly. You will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, from impressive solo guitar licks, impressive stand up bass, amazing harmonies, impressive rhythmic accents, mandolin, and heartfelt vocals. But the most impressive thing about This project is the amazing signature sound from Duffy and company. The Full Moon Orchestra delivers impressive songwriting, playing and catchy vocal persona. From upbeat “A Remedy” and “The Proposal” to dynamic Sanza” to melodic “ In the Distance” to thought provoking “Let Go” to grooving “Um Marrion Dans La Poche” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Somewhere between Joy and Pain” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any real weaknesses with this CD. I did notice in the liner notes that Frank Rose Duffy Mixed the CD. Having someone mix the production this close to the actual music is typically a big NO NO in the recording Industry. Why? First – he already knows where all the dead bodies are buried, second: the more professionals you have assigned to your post-production the more perspective you can get out of it. As a producer I highly recommend having each phase of the production process (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) handled by a separate music professional altogether. At the end of the day it can be more strokes on the canvass for your production. You won't regret what having 3 or 4 different sets of ears making your music sound as professional as possible.
From start to finish This is our Music by “The Full moon Orchestra” is one impressive catalog of music. The music is consistent, uplifting and extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalog. The writing and playing abilities of Frank Rose Duffy and company are rock solid. The lyrics are catchy, the melodies are well crafted and hooky. Last but not least the songwriting and vocal presence are intoxicating. Need I say more.