Entropy Of The Century
Second full length album from this quirky San Francisco based band led by the supremely talented vocalist Moorea Dickason and bassist Tarik Ragab. This is an extremely tough band to pin down. My understanding is they blew away the audience at their Rosfest performance.
To paint a description with a very, very broad stroke I would compare them to District 97. Moetar's music draws more from the pop side (think The Beatles) while District 97 moves in heavier circles. Both bands feature very angular music.
The tunes on the album tend to be a bit on the shorter side of the spectrum but if you listen carefully there is a lot of intricate playing going on. I'm hearing a bit less of the Zappa influence this time around but there are undercurrents that burble up to the surface ie "Raze The Maze". All in all excellent, oddball progressive minded music. Highly recommended.
"Describing MoeTar is no easy feat. In fact, the task is as challenging as the band’s music itself. A simplistic and accurate statementcould be “MoeTar sounds like the Beatles + Frank Zappa + XTC on Acid”. You could also try to peg MoeTar to a list of genres, but who the hell knows what a prog-pop-fusion-avant fusion band sounds like anyway?
MoeTar’s two main protagonists, lead singer Moorea Dickason and bassist/songwriter/lyricist Tarik Ragab, along with a versatile crew of musicians, including guitarist Matthew Charles Heulitt, drummer David Flores and keyboardist Matt Lebofsky, and keyboardist Jonathan Herrera create catchy, yet complex, music that attempts to make sense of our confusing world. The fact is, MoeTar’s music defies categorization and, therein, lies the band’s special appeal. Tricky rhythms and technical pyrotechnics are not in themselves anything special. On Entropy of the Century, MoeTar expands ist palette even further. The band understands the power of pop to deliver a message that sticks, but unlike most pop, uses the full breadth of the musical language to convey that message. Entropy of the Century captures an important new band coming into ist own, harnessing the disparate powers of ist extraordinary musicians for a common purpose. Don’t bother trying to define the band. Just listen."