MODERATE REBELS – ” Beyond Hidden Words “

Posted: July 8, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Moderate Rebels, the London-based “Anti-Music collective”they released both an EP and an album that year to some acclaim. So wasting no time, the band are already plotting a second album for later this year, and have this week shared the first taste of it, in the shape of new single, “Beyond Hidden Words”.

Discussing the track, the always intriguing Moderate Rebels have described it as an, “un-song”, the sound of “a repeating half hallucination set to building noise, an invocation of strong communal power and hope, through the confronting of the uncomfortable, and the taking of some personal responsibility for being part of that conversation.” Somewhat counter-intuitively, Beyond Hidden Words might actually be Moderate Rebels most accessible offering to date. Atop the repeated, multi-voiced, lyrical chant, “shine you white lights on the black sites, I’m beginning to see the lights”, the musical backing swells and dips. A steady, almost hand-clap like drum beat, holds the song in rhythmic focus, as rumbling bass, burbling keys (with a slight touch of The Who’s Teenage Wasteland) and what sounds like an e-bowed guitar, play off against one another, fighting for the musical attention. It’s a track that despite it’s somewhat minimal, repetitive nature, draws you in more and more with each listen; it slowly becomes important, moving and without ever feeling the need to explain why, stirs a multitude of emotions inside. They might call it Anti-Music, yet with each release they’re getting closer and closer to the primal elements of sound, a place where music began and where music still thrives to this day.


Beyond Hidden Words is out now via Everyday Life Recordings.


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