of Mole Harness 'a present from the future' album from Venue magazine:
long player from Bristol-based electronica ace Mole Harness (aka
James Brewster) is a welcome thing indeed. An organic-sounding piece
of sustained, sublime beauty, it’s as much trad as it is,
er, rad. The acoustic guitar lines, for example, often owe more
to folk than they do to the stereotype of the bedroom boffin. Indeed,
on tracks like ‘in a strange sea’ they carry the majority
of the song, the electronica side simply providing sympathetic texture.
In a sense, then, Brewster’s work draws on two 60s traditions:
the folk revival, and the pioneering work of such Radiophonic Workshop
members as John Baker, whose extraordinary (and extraordinarily
influential) work with found sounds and tape manipulation paved
the way for many of the synthesised acts that were to follow, and
who never allowed such trickery to get in the way of a good song.
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