Tracks 12 to 14 originally released on the LP version of Untune the Sky (Seaside) Tracks 15 to 18 originally released as dbl-7/CD5 (Ringers Lactate/Seaside). Tracks 1-14 recorded at Sound Barrier Studios, Charing Cross Studios, Powerhouse Studios, and Electrical Avenue Studios. Tracks 15-18 recorded and mixed May 1992 at Waterworks, NYC.
A reissue of the Moles lp (+ their dbl 7" on Ringers Lactate. Impossible to find even when it was released back in the day. (believe me I looked. And just between you and me it's a corker. I've listened to it something along the lines of four times since yesterday and I'm still not completely sure how to describe the delights within. Classic off-kilter 1992 pop album from these little known Australian legends. This is strangely clever, left-field askew indie pop filled with all the sort of odd flavors that keep life ully off-key melodies, varied & peculiar rhythms with shiny, three-pronged hook lines, 60s style psychedelic explosions, distant-but-warm & compelling vocals and unexpected blasts of guitar noise.
Untune the Sky was originally recorded as a mini-album in a dingy studio in Sydney, although once they had found a label, Seaside (an offshoot of Waterfront, one of Sydney's legendary indie labels) they returned to the studio to extend it in to a full length. They soon felt that their future in Sydney was limited and set sail for London via New York. The Moles original line-up split in 1994 after homesickness took hold and the band imploded. Davies had found love and moved to the States but was not quite finished with the directions he had explored with The Moles. Full of songs from the London stay, the others blessed his intentions to capture them properly. Assembling a fantastic room full of players including Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, the resulting album Instinct managed to bridge his punk roots with the complex and influential arrangements he would soon perfect.
Untune the Sky. The Moles. Flashbacks & Drea. ee Full Discography.
Named after Cold War spies, not small animals, The Moles were an Australian pop band led by Richard Davies (later of the one-off project Cardinal). They were formed in the late 1980s and broke up in the early 1990s, having released the album Untune the Sky and several singles. Davies later revived the band name for what was actually a solo project, Instinct.
Untune The Sky is a music boxset/compilation recording by TREY GUNN (Eclectic Prog/Progressive Rock) released in 2003 on cd, lp, vinyl and/or cassette. I know that many people get a lot of pleasure in music that is challenging, but having struggled all the way through this album a couple of times I doubt that I will do so again. Originally appeared in Feedback April 2004.
Flashbacks & Dream Sequences: The Story of the Moles. Other albums by The Moles. Compiling the Australian psychedelic chamber group's two albums (1991's Untune the Sky and 1994's Instinct) along with their 1990 Propeller 7", the 1991 Tendrils and Paracetamol EP, and 1992's self-titled EP, Flashbacks & Dream Sequences makes a case for the Richard Davies-led band to be one of the great underrated groups of its era. Combining solidly weird psych pop songcraft with a brilliant sense of melody and an ear for subtle beauty in the arrangements, the band started off very promisingly, but really hit its stride on Instinct. It's one of those albums.
The first album Untune The Sky came out in 1992, but the band split up a year later. Davies released another album under the moniker in 1994, as well as forming Cardinal with Sebadoh drummer Bob Fay and Eric Matthews after a move to New York. He went truly solo in 1996 but toured with Cardinal a few years ago but now Davies is finally burrowing back through time to release new material and tour as The Moles. New single Beauty Queen Of Watts is released as a double sided single with The Chills both sides played by Marc. Tracklist: - Wires - Beauty Queen of Watts - Propeller.