Underworld, London, UK - 21/5
Written by: PP on 06/09/2012 01:33:12
Moffarammes from Sweden belong to that very particular group of bands that all share an equal love for warm, fuzzy guitars and quirky soundscapes that stick out of the mainstream produce like sore thumbs. Sometimes in a good way, specifically when their off-tune melodies strike just the right chord to create a funky melody line, and sometimes in a so-so way, when they are just a little too experimental and funky for their own good.
"Cairo" is their sophomore album, and an impressive one at making as much noise as it does considering Moffarammes consists of just two guys. Admittedly, they've been friends for over nine years and just 'clicked' according to their own words, so to find a good chemistry between them on record is not that surprising in the end. During "Cairo", the two explore an indie-flavored garage/noise soundscape thoroughly, occasionally also dipping their toes into a little blues rock with hints towards the 70s golden throats from Led Zeppelin and others like them. Obviously nowhere near as epic as them, but they do a reasonable effort nonetheless.
And actually it seems that whenever they expand out of the noisy flurry of garage into a more of a blues rock platform, Moffarammes are at their best. They should do it more often. As such, "Cairo" is no masterpiece, but it's an entirely decent and sometimes enjoyable piece of experimental indie/garage rock for those who like basement-sized sounds.
Download: Desert Storm, Golden Eyes
For the fans of: fuzzy, garage-ish, noisy indie rock
Release date 06.06.2012
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