Mohodisco, which is essentially Bruce White on guitars, synth and bass, plus whoever happens to feel like joining him, has garnered comparisons to the likes of Ozric Tentacles, which is fair enough but Mohodisco really deserves to stand on its own. On this 42 minute trip to the center of the mind, White takes on a series of sometimes mellow paths (the relaxing “Gravity”) and sometimes more adventurous, more raucous ones (the opening “Praxis”). There are experimental moments (“Soft And Sharp,” “The Source”) and simply gorgeous ones (“Mystery Falls”), but that’s only part of what makes “Kaloomith” so much fun. The biggest part may be in the fact that you sense that although White obviously labored over each of the tracks here, it never sounds that way, so that you feel nothing but ease emanating from the speakers.
At times, “Kaloomith” is reminiscent of Andy West’s recent Rama 1 album which featured a series of dense but accessible melodies, stellar playing and clocked in at a still-digestible time, all three of which can also be said of this release. I’ve no idea whether White will be forming a performing band for the follow-up disc or if he’s made inroads to play live dates but it seems that it would be a shame if he did neither, for Mohodisco’s music if for sharing.
Bring headphones when you listen to this. Oh, and a Y-jack so a friend can join in.
Review by Jedd Beaudoin
September 04, 2003