Tapestry of Delights: Known by the name of an album rather than the name of the group, Motherlight produced an album full of spooky psychedelia with progressive leanings, which works really well. Almost all tracks have a slightly unsettling atmosphere, originating in a clever use of dissonance, without being quirky. On A Meadow - Lea has good fuzz guitar paired to pastoral lyrics, while Mona Lose bears overt traces of malice. Burning The Weed sounds quite surprisingly akin to US Kaleidoscope. The Lens is Procol Harum on a bad trip and even foreshadows Joy Division! The lyrics are downright chilling:
"I view the lens with terror and in my spellbound fear,
brightly dim in, steady shimm'rin, icy eyes see."
A beautiful album. Malone played subsequently for a host of other acts. ~ (Max Waller)
The trio consisted of recording engineers Mike Bobak and Andy Johns (that actually being the correct spelling of his last name) teaming with Wilson Malone, lead figure of never-quite-stars Orange Bicycle. Without trying to draw an exact parallel, one can say this was the equivalent to something like Curt Boettcher's work with the Millennium or Sagittarius, though on a smaller scale and with slightly different goals. With Malone on guitar, keyboards, singing and most songwriting chores while Bobak and Johns handled rhythm and recording duties, the trio created an easygoing and often quite attractive collection of eight songs, generally pitched somewhere between acid folk bliss-out and the kind of heavy riffage starting to coalesce into heavy metal, with sometimes strident piano tying all the songs together. A song like "On a Meadow-Lea" shows the various sides well, as Malone's calm repetition of the chorus towards the end offers him a chance to turn in a nicely fried solo over the top. Motherlight isn't deathless, and a couple of songs probably could have been dropped (though the ridiculous pseudo-country "Burning the Weed" is a classic novelty goof), but it's still a nice peek into a time and place. Meanwhile, David Wells' 2001 liner notes provide all the information one could want, as well as a wisely observed knock on the industry surrounding reissues or bootlegs of obscure U.K. albums from that era -- a bit of biting the hand that feeds, perhaps, but one done with humor and wit. ~ Ned Raggett
Being a psychedelic rock enthusiast, I would have to say that the track" On a meadow- lea" is in my top 20 of all time Psychedelic songs. It has a very thought provocative, dreamy, underlying vibe and marries the old school Hammond organ with some nice and heavy blues riffs. A must have for any psychedelic rock enthusiast.
I'm very glad to see this it here.I love album,with this for me emotionally very poerful. A really top-noth example of organ,guitar interplay with passionate vocal and more than a hint of psycho progressive.I'm be there happy to explore more of this band's work! Thanks for sharing Cheers!
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