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MOURA from A Coruña, Spain, are specialized on an experimental psychedelic and folk music brew. By using their native language the approach is very much rooted in the Galician mythology. The stylistical range spans from space rock to ritualistic trance and motoric krautrock rhythms. With their sophomore album 'Axexan, Espreitan'. released in 2022 on Spinda Records, they are presenting beauty, variety, and complexity on a top level.

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 Moura by MOURA album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.92 | 4 ratings

Moura Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TheEliteExtremophile

5 stars Near the end of last year, I reviewed the debut album of the band Híbrido. In that review, I praised the label Spinda Records for giving underground prog and psych in Spain a platform. Not long after I published that review, someone from the label reached out and told me to keep my eyes on Moura, a band from Galicia.

Moura's self-titled debut record is a tour de force of psychedelic progressive rock. This quintet blends the dark psychedelia of Pink Floyd (c. 1968-1970), the compositional and instrumental complexity of acts like Yes and Van der Graaf Generator, and the native, Celtic folk of their native Galicia. This confluence is then draped in a druidic, occult atmosphere that in turn creates a menacing aura. (Galicia is a region in northwestern Spain which historically was populated by Celtic peoples and today retains significant Celtic influence in the local culture, particularly the music.)

That Celtic influence is immediately noticeable in the opening moments of "Eira". A hand-drum pounds out a simple rhythm over a bagpipe-like drone. The acoustic guitar and chanting, wordless vocals give the feeling of some sort of black magic ritual. The song's main riff then enters, a King Crimson-y, herky-jerky wall of fuzzed-out guitar and Hammond organ. As the verse gets going, vocalist Diego Veiga's lines are drenched in reverb, and the twisting guitar lines launch this song into outer space.

"Da Interzona a Annexia" opens with a bang. The song is fully electric, but local influences are evident in both the guitar and organ parts. This song's backbone flows more smoothly than that of "Eira", and the mood is less portentous. Many parts of this song remind me of a slower, more minor-key Mezquita, as the extended instrumental sections draw heavily from Spanish music.

"O curioso caso de Mademoiselle X" is the longest song on the album, at nearly fourteen minutes. (As opposed to the paltry nine-minute runtimes of each of the first two songs.) This song opens gently, with acoustic guitars and light percussion. It gradually builds, though, with swelling organ, lurking fuzz guitar in the background, and insistent drums. It then shifts into a lumbering, lurching, doom metal-inspired riff, with heavily wah-wahed guitar squirming over the top. The verse shifts back to the acoustic theme seamlessly. The chorus is huge and ominous, and the restrained pace of the song only serves to amplify its intensity. This is a song where the bass, fuzzed out to the extreme, comes to the fore at moments, and the sheer power of it packs one hell of a wallop. Around the nine-minute mark, the song calms down a bit; squeaky synthesizers and a distant-sounding harmonica give the impression of floating through space, a sensation which is only reinforced by the skittering drums and quiet, echoing clean guitar.

Moura closes with my favorite song on the album, "Ronda das Mafarricas". A relatively terse seven minutes, it opens with a murky organ and more reverb-laden vocals, driving home the piece's occultic atmosphere. The opening 90 seconds feel like an invocation to open some sort of ritual. The rhythm is infectious once it gets moving, and the vocal and organ lines weave Celtic melodies with sinister, fuzzy psychedelia into an engrossing mélange. The soloing is inspired, bringing in jazz touches amid the other influences.

The four songs on Moura are all brilliant. Though it's been out for only less than a week, this is already a potential runaway for my album the year, and I'd rank it on par with many of the prog classics of yore. Do not let yourself sleep on this record!

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 Axexan, Espreitan by MOURA album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.04 | 5 ratings

Axexan, Espreitan
Moura Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Here we have an eclectic entity from Spain that is showcasing a formidable appeal. Rather unique, that's for sure. Yeah, true, still possible! The band's core is comprised of six musicians. They are from A Coruña, constituted around lead singer and main guitarist Diego Veiga. The goal is to blend ancient roots and a modern twist, hereby always looking for some proper support. Especially concerning their preference on the Galician mythology, the rituals and associated specific instruments. The album cover illustration says it all. While starting with the debut effort in 2020 this comes as their sophomore album, thematically divided in two partitions entitled 'Axexan' and 'Espreitan'. Eight tracks are offered, it takes time, the great spirit reveals with every further listening session.

Modern synth drones are ready to start the magical mystery tour on Alborada Do Alén, though vocals come in soon, just as the vintage counterpart, then leading into a folk tinged psychedelic drift, let's say akin to Crippled Black Phoenix. Actually it's not easy to keep track, to find the right words for a proper reasonable description. Volatile, the sheer diversity makes it difficult. Native instruments are used everywhere around, similar to the band Ilienses hailing from Sardinia. Anyway, things are merged together to a well thought out cocktail. They are jumping from southern rock to folk rituals and heavy treats with ease. Baile Do Dentón for example is hypnotically driving in the vein of the early Krautrock school featuring references to Can, Neu!. The doomy Alalá Do Abellón then comes close to an approach also known from bands like Heilung or Master Musicians Of Bukkake. You implicitly have to listen to this production in one go. And take care of the compelling cross-fades regarding the particular tracks.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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