Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Moore Brothers...

Today is the release date of The Moore Brother's newest album Murdered By The Moore Brothers. If you're not familiar with The Moore Brothers here are a few things worth knowing: 1) They really are brothers 2) they're from the SF Bay Area 3) they are very nice gentlemen. As to that last point you wouldn't know it from the lyrics which tend toward a cutting wit and a clever way with a turn of phrase. Perhaps you've heard the term freak folker? A term inescapable in 2005 though a bit less prominent this year. The Moore Brothers are not freak folk or new folk or neo-folk. They are simply startlingly good songwriters who have an uncanny ability with harmonies. If anything the Moore Brothers are a modern extension of the very traditional folk tradition that includes Simon & Garfunkel, Fairport Convention, the Mamas & The Papas, etc. The Moore Brothers have been at this for awhile (I think this their fourth album) and there's been little change in their formula. They write wonderful lyrics couple with simple arrangements based around acoustic guitar and their two part harmony. On Murdered By The Moore Brothers the boys add some piano and light percussion on two tracks but is, as before, driven by the voices of Greg and Thom. Mellow but very beautiful.

1 track from Murdered By The Moore Brothers:

Bury Me Under The Kissing Teens

On an unrelated aside there's a fairly interesting interview on WNYC regarding Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Areoplane Under The Sea. It's not super illuminating but it's a good listen. Check it HERE


Blogger Scrumbly said...

I just heard Thom and Greg Moore on KPFA and I wanna hear everything they've done. I'm 60 years old, so why do I relate so strongly to these kids' songs? OK, I'm a musician, so I have an ear for good music, but they sound like fresh air to me. And the lyrics are so good.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same experience as Scrumbly. I'm 45 & was listened to the KPFA interview/performance with my 12 year old daughter (while driving back from a David Elias concert last night). We both loved the music (& enjoyed the interview too). Two new fans.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out supertoughreggae.com for a couple of GREAT reggae tune sung by the Moore Bros.

3:21 PM  

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