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The Moglass

"Telegraph poles are getting smaller and smaller as the distance grows" CD


Genres: drone, experimental improv, ambient, 

PO Box 1739
Kharkov, 61204

Sep 8 - 14 2003

The Moglass is a Ukrainian outfit recording on the Nexsound label who create drone / experimental works of free improv that are both relaxing and thoroughly engaging. The band's style reminds me of a more abstract Godspeed You Black Emperor!, combining an epic feel with experimental ideas to form strong, emotional pieces that are distinctly avant-garde yet still remarkably melodic. Guitar improvisation is common throughout their debut album, Telegraph poles are getting smaller and smaller as the distance grows, as are long drones and a spacey, airy texture.

As song titles are not given with Telegraph poles..., it is clear that The Moglass intended for the album to be taken as a whole. And as one big piece, it is very powerful. Listened to in a dark atmosphere with little extra sensory stimulation, the album is moody and at times a bit frightening. It is at once evil and beautiful; hauntingly resonating ambiances are fueled by guitar, drone, and field recordings.

Be warned, however, this is not a disc that you can toss aside and let fade into the background. Telegraph poles..., criminally limited to a mere 500 copies, is one of the year's most complexly powerful albums; as long as you aren't the type who's bored to bits by avant-garde soundscapes, you're bound to be moved in some way by this terrific disc.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]