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Produced and mastered by Leon Johnson.
Photos by Boris Smokrovic and Octavian Rosca.
‘Moon Goose’ refers to the upper level of a hay barn in west Herefordshire which emits music across the old borderlands each week, usually on a Thursday evening.
Its origins can be found, using the correct equipment, from sources such as the Rapa Nui stone heads, and dragons. The music of Moon Goose was referred to by Stuart Maconie on BBC 6Music’s Freak Zone as ‘Cambrian psychedelia’, a reasonable description due to the happy combination of geology and consciousness. There is plenty of Devonian old red sandstone in the music. There is also, if you know where to find it, gneiss.
Well, the essence of these archaic sources is chanelled – by the ship-like oaken timbers of the barn, and by the many hundreds of records that line its walls, and by the casual piles of vintage music technology that line the floor – through the bodies of the five human musical operators who represent Moon Goose in this dimension, and into strange sonic shapes.What are your influences?
Musical influences include, for example, Tibetan chanting monks, Can, and Bronski Beat. Beyond that, it is fair to say that the entire universe influences Moon Goose in one way or another. And in a strange additional twist, Moon Goose is partly influenced by events that have not yet happened. It can thus be seen as music for the Ecozoic era.What can you tell us about ‘Source Code’?
Although concept albums were declared extinct some time during 1977, the source code that gave the album its title literally floated across from the Great Pyramids of Giza one hot afternoon in late 2018. That Cairo day, 20% of the band was slumped, exhausted, in the garden of the Marriott Hotel that overlooks those fine alien structures. At some point during that jetlagged and disembodied afternoon, with the security situation looking tense, the four lines of source code found themselves being written down.
The source code has been translated into a representative sample of the world’s 7000 or so languages but Moon Goose very much welcomes further interpretations, preferably in the world’s most endangered tongues. Please send them by post, care of Keith at Fruits de Mer.
The source code can be used, among other things, as lyrics for the twelve instrumental tracks that populate the vinyl, one line of code per side of vinyl, just add your own melodies.
The source code also helped to uncover a poem by Charles Causley, called ‘I am the song’, in whose beauty and back-to-front-ness the flapping spirit of the Goose can clearly be found.
Incidentally, although no birds were deliberately harmed during the making of Source Code, Moon Goose would like to extend its sorrowful respects to the mother goose who was fatally driven over by one of the guitar operators, shortly after the album was sent off for vinyl mastering. Don’t worry, mother, you did not die in vain!
“A Sky-scraping double album that relentlessly takes the guitar instrumental format intro fresh anarchic orbits.”
“… the album provides for a whirlwind experience, one minute happily having you in a head clamp, the next dropping in some hallucinogenic disturbia..”
Bethan Elfyn, BBC Wales
“Big and boisterous.”
Adam Walton, BBC Wales
“My consciousness has been raised.”
1. Second Life – 7:06
2. Knifeless Skinning – 6:15
3. Le Comte – 5:32
4. The Mysterious Coffins of Arthur’s Seat – 6:36
5. Goldfish In A Bag – 3:20
6. Trains – 8:41
7. Joey Gets A Candle (Swayze Meld) – 6:17
8. Carnage – 4:39
9. Dark Shit – 6:28
10. Garway Witch Trial – 7:22
11. Parameter 5 – 3:32
12. Fist Fight At The Bingo – 7:58
|Dimensions||12.5 × 12.5 × .25 in|