Traditional Irish Music
The much anticipated debut from Moxie follows very much in the path of other boundary pushing artists, like Rynne, Talty, McSherry, who seek freedom in an expansive form of traditional inspired music. Moxie have been much touted of late for their creative and clean sound and their EP released in 2012 hinted very much at what was to come. The fact that my media copy of the album came with shorter radio edits for some of the tracks, says something about what is in store. Several tracks actually stretch to 8 or 9 minutes. To explore you need space and Moxie give themselves plenty of it. The tracks evolve around a strong percussive backbeat that rises and falls before moulding into the next track. The opening 3 tracks Planted, Death of the Den and Mullaghmore follow very much in this vein. The opening track Planted is included below and gives a real sense of the Moxie sound. The near rock intro to Death of the Den leads to an invigorating and upbeat accordion driven track. On track 4 called The Black Widow they revert to the reels The Ashplant/Seán sa Cheo's/ Toss the Feathers for a fast paced drums and bass driven rendition. The following Liberty is a contemplative 9 minute self composition.
Moxie are one of a number of young and creative groups that are willing to take chances with their music. They are following their instincts with experimental music from a modern Ireland. Its influences are less off the Atlantic winds that blow through Sligo and more from the modern era of social media coupled with advances in recording techniques. Their vision has yielded a thought provoking and modern album that is high on creativity. The structure of the traditional tunes contrast with their own more open ended compositions, which form the majority of the album and are delivered with resonant flair. Moxie will build their own following and that is something that not many new groups can be certain of these days. Planted sets them on that journey and let’s hope they can make the commercial breakthrough that will allow them to take this project forward.
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