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Enjoying Moths by Soft Priest
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8/10 Li'l Biz 26 November 2010

This ones pretty daft good. Soft Priest is the work of studio alchemist and pop guru Charles Bayley, formally of the Manchester pop band The Ruby Tuesdays. Bayley's got a soft spot for the work of composer and Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks and doe's his damndest on 'Enjoying Moths' to resurrect his rampant sense of musical joy into the modern disco pop template. Bayley mashes up the 303 with a ton of beautiful synths with an impossibly varied selection of sounds and instruments. The result is an eruption of musical madness comparative to Dan Deacon or They Might Be Giants. I'm surprised they are not given a mention as an influence in the press release as this is as cheeky and ambitious as anything on the first two Giants albums and also exudes the same joyous enthusiasm for melody and beat programming. I guess this is definitely more beat driven and hints of Radio phonic Workshop nerdiness are certainly apparent so it's possible the focus is on electronics over composition. Either way this is an awesome display of ideas and a true testament to the fun that can be had making your music at home. Amazing!!


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