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CHROMA KEY 'Graveyard Mountain Home' www.chromakey.com (2005)

Kevin Moore was a founding member of Dream Theater and has also recorded with OSI. This sounds like neither, having more in common with Tortoise than the progressive stylings of those bands. Not that this makes it a bad album. Far from it. But it is a very different beast to his other two bands.

This is actually the soundtrack to a 1955 film called 'Age 13', which Kevin found in the Prelinger Archive for Public Domain (and the limited edition of this album has a copy on it). All about a boy trying to bring his dead mother back to life by staring at a radio, you will gather that this is not cheesy stuff.

There are bits that are a bit Pink Floyd, bits that are a bit like mid period Moby, and bits that are pure inspiration. The highlights are the title track which has some fabulous folk guitar on it, and 'Pure Laughter' which is anything but, being one of the most depressing tracks Iíve heard in a long while.

Overall, this is more an ambient soundscape than it is a stand alone album, but there are moments when you feel the visionary impact, and it makes some of the more obtuse moments worth wading through. If you come with an open mind and forget all about his past, then you will find this an ultimately rewarding experience.

***

Review by Stuart A Hamilton

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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