Moving Structures is a progressive instrumental band from Los Angeles, California. The four-piece, in its current form, has existed since 2012 and is comprised of Chris Marquard, James Moore, Mitch Wayte and Kevin Lewis.
But Moving Structures has been blending an aesthetic of visual and auditory art for six years and that experience truly shows on their newest concept album entitled Awake. The 12-track piece opens with stunningly beautiful piano chords which echo into oblivion on “Burial.” This transcends into gentle tinkering and dancing between single notes, whilst an intensely-growing, ominous, beautiful choir emerges. Eventually, the swirling, glorious atmosphere fades into nothingness as the next track approaches.
The very Radiohead-esque “Anthropomorphism’” continues this ethereal, atmospheric and glorious journey, but instead favors glistening guitar solos, crashing cymbals and smooth, understated bass guitar. In amongst the chaotically-quiet noise, this track challenges the listener to search deeper for other sonic treats hidden in the abyss. Synth and whirring effects seem to be hidden amongst it all, but it is hard to focus during a song so soothing.
Swirling sounds abound on the sublime “Invisible Giants.” Clinking, plinking electronic noises are caught up and lost in the cavernous well of synth. As I write this, I feel as if I’m caught underwater; calming, glitchy, glorious noise surrounds me and I’m wondering how one even begins to write something like this.
Other tracks on the album, such as “The Siege” take on a more rock-centric approach. Punchy, precise drums and looping, noodling, clean electric guitar melodies overlap one another to create an electric atmosphere while retaining the atmospheric sense of tranquility present throughout the entire album.
All in all, I cannot imagine the amount of work that went into Awake, but I can easily believe that it took two years to complete. I sense Moving Structures could achieve any musical career they desired, given their eclectic range of musical stylings.
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