Riffcraft – Digital Download
Self Released: September 22, 2017
Reviewed by Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler
When people think of magic, many put it in the realm of superstition, or think of illusionist. I think of music!!! Just like the moon affects the tides, music has a strange power that affects our minds. Stating on their Facebook and Bandcamp pages “Channeling the frustration of a modern world, through mighty sounds of our crying Earth we’re reborn in the arms of the Moon Mother.” It seems Moon Mother is well aware of this fact.
Hailing from the the Western Woods of Sweden, Moon Mother seemed to appear out of nowhere with their 2016 “Moon Mother Demo” followed by their 2017 “Riffcraft” EP. Like many newcomers Moon Mother has experienced some difficulties getting their band off the ground as they are in need of a permanent bassist. Thankfully Monolord’s Thomas V Jäger doesn’t like to see talent wasted, and has lent his bass playing skills to Moon Mother’s Vocalist Sara Trollpacka, Guitarist Pat Ahlström, and Drummer Jesper Wallin have managed to give listeners two solid releases. Thomas V Jäger also Produced and Engineered both of Moon Mother’s releases. The band is smart to associate themselves with other great musicians as they build and grow their fanbase.
I had the joy of speaking with Frontwoman Sara to find more information about this great up and coming band. In a private conversation, Sara of Moon Mother stated, “I would say we are influenced by all music that reaches us and everyone has different taste when it comes to it. But if I would name one band that woke up the moon mama I would say everyone’s favorite swing band Black Sabbath. I think it was the swing combined with melancholy big sounds that started everything.”
In a follow up statement Sara added: “Hi again! I just wanted to make sure I got your question right yesterday I was in a hurry and have been overthinking it so I better get it off my chest. If you meant other bands that has influenced us my answer is correct Black Sabbath haha but if you meant musically overall I would also wanna say that all blues from delta to rock n roll are a big influence too. Hope it’s okay haha.” ~Sara. Two statements that I believe says quite a lot about Moon Mother’s sound.
In both the “Demo” and “Riffcraft” the names Moon Mother’s statement explained why names like Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, CCR, John Lee Hooker, and a dash of Jefferson Airplane have all been influences that help shape their sound. What I enjoy most about the music on both releases is the dark psychedelic, blues rock sound. It sort of makes me feel like I am watching them live.
In Riffcraft, Sara Trollpacka’s brassy alto vocals, Pat Ahlström dark guitar leads, Jesper Wallin steady drum beats along with Thomas V Jäger giant bass remind me of a dirge, like in the song “Vast Blues”. Beginning with a bass groove reminiscent of Black Sabbath’s “NIB” the song “Black Hole Demons” is full of monster bass and really takes off with Pat Ahlström’s wicked guitar solo. “Mountain Of Lies” has a 60’s psychedelic sound. My favorite is the closing song ‘The Wizards Of Earth I love that swinging sound with Jesper Wallin’s drums and how Pat Ahlström has cranked the mids up on his guitar near the end of the song giving it that tinny sound.
If your looking for some truly epic underground psychedelic stoner doom I highly recommend you give Moon Mother’s Riffcraft EP and their Moon Mother Demo a listen. They will Put A Spell On You. The band is also looking for a permanent bass player so if you know what your doing with a bass send them a message on Facebook. It will be of great benefit to live in Sweden when Team Moon Mother reside!!