Moulettes – Constellations (Navigator NAVIGATOR090)


This third outing for the Moulettes is a perfect showcase for their pleasing pop/rock-folk fusion style. Full of intricately layered songs laced with intelligent lyrics, sumptuous melodies and catchy riffs. From the first to the last, this album grabs your attention and never lets up.

The opening song, ‘Glorious Years’ is glorious by name and glorious in nature. The swaying strings and joyful vocals lift your spirits. This is one for the sun shining and the windows open. This is followed by the title track ‘Constellations’. A percussive intro followed by a staccato delivery of the lyrics. Then the harmonies kick in and the fragmented feel becomes whole. The heavy synth of ‘Lady Vengeance’ and dramatic chorus edges into progressive-folk rock territory. This one features the legendary Arthur Brown.

A degree of careful thought has gone into the track order too. For the energy of ‘Lady Vengeance’ is immediately counterbalanced by the lightness and quirkiness of ‘The Night Is Young’ and the eerily haunting ‘Between The Mirrors’ is followed by the exuberant ‘So It Goes.’ It is an album that brings something new with each listen. From the tribal drums of ‘The Observatory’ to the mournful strings and vocals of ‘Keep It As A Memory’, there is an abundance of skill and style. The songs are varied, but still gel to give a distinct thematic feel.

This is, quite simply, an excellent album and I look forward to hearing more from the Moulettes.

Ron D Bowes

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