moodcourt is a new project based in Atlanta that formed in 2020. The members include Davidson Weston (vocals/guitar), Andrew Rahm (drums) and Kris Ward (bass). Somebody Stop Me is their debut album.
The album is fourteen songs long and contains a mix of genres although rock is the primary genre. They do a good job mixing things up in the songs in terms of the transitions and changes I heard. There are some interesting surprises here and there which make the album feel fun. There were a couple of things that reminded me of a more distorted Pavement. The vocalist does tend to sound a lot like Stephen Malkmus.
They get going with “Inside The Matrix” which is a fast and fun song to start things out. For the most part this is a rocking song but there were a couple things in the mix which made it feel unique. Take for instance the synths and keys that show up that make the song sound like it’s soaring.
“Keeping It Down” drips with distortion. This song is nasty in the best way and really gets your adrenaline pumping. “Nobody Does It Like The Romans Do” is a song where the playfulness of a band like Pavement comes out. There’s also this unexpected outro where the song becomes ambient, the BPM slows down and it feels very dream-like.
“Proto (Didn't Follow)” is another one in the win column. The song is deceptively catchy and there’s a surplus of changes which make the song feel exciting and fresh. “King Kurtis” is a wild and frantic song with elements of surf rock and blues.
One of the things that might go unnoticed is the layers of these songs. If you aren’t listening on a high quality system you might miss some of the arrangements on a song like “Who Woulda Known” where melodies hide behind a wall of distortion.
This is the halfway point on the album. As the album progresses I thought there were a number of highlights. “Slice Of Heaven” certainly hits the mark as well as “Bellyacher” and “Off-Put/Put-Upon.”
Over the fourteen songs the band doesn't drop the ball. It’s a longer album but it’s consistently cohesive and contains zero fat. That paired with top level production make this an exceptional album, Highly recommended.
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