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Mo-Di

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12 songs

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With the release of their first album, Mouth Music became a sensation in Europe and America, topping the World Music charts in Billboard and CMJ New Music Reports, garnering critical raves on both sides of the Atlantic, and making "Best of the Year" lists in Q Magazine, the Boston Globe, and CMJ.

The second Mouth Music album, MO-DI is a densely layered musical map of the world, where African grooves meet rhythm and blues while "Milking the Cow." It's where Eno meets Enya in the ethereal ballad "Waiting," a showcase for vocalist Jackie Joyce. Easygoing hip-hop rhythms and relaxed toasting are surrounded by a swirling wash of mysterious voices and sythesizers on the relentless "So Step Off." Celtic funk crosses the Brazilian border on "Crathadh T'Aodaich," carried by Michaela Rowan's vocals, and then melts into Arabic rhythm and violins.

"I want people to be baffled and excited and confused," says Martin Swan. " A lot of dance music is low on harmonic content. A lot of songwriter music is low in rhythm and energy." His band's mix of strong rhythmic grooves and traditional harmonies give each song "a real sense of place," Swan continues, "I need to be taken further than a studio. I like to feel I've travelled some distance. Unlike most dance music, these are songs that people should remember after they walk away." Hardly your everyday dance record, MO-DI is both original and strangely familiar, ancient yet completely new.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Birnam
  2. He Mandu
  3. Hoireann O
  4. Milking The Cow
  5. Waiting
  6. Crathadh 't 'Aodaich & Zbadba
  7. Maudit
  8. So Step Off
  9. He Mandu (Mother Mix)
  10. Crathadh 't 'Aodaich (Here & Blown Away Mix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 9, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009OK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on March 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I am always on the lookout for new and interesting music for dance choreography. I first found Mouth Music on the headphones at a music store (Shorelife) and was blown away. I bought all three albums as soon as I could find them. I cannot understand, given the recent Celtic popularity, why this band is not more well-known. This album is very funky, primal, and yet oh so modern. My favorite song on is the last one: I choreographed a dance called Plasticene Dream, my third piece by Mouth Music. Milking the Cow is also very cool and funky, along with the live version of He Mandu.
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MOUTH MUSIC has foraged a very unique and interesting sound over the years, fusing traditional Celt lyrics and instruments with a sometimes-quirky, sometimes-beautiful orchestration of electronic pop. My experience is that it's difficult to know whether or not a person will like MOUTH MUSIC. Their work is sometimes a little eccentric and tough to digest, although the more I listened to this album, the more I found myself playing it. If you're looking to expand your cultural musical palette, this is definitely a sound to look into. The track 'Waiting' is one of the most beautiflly painful ballads you will ever hear.
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This was the second album from Mouth Music, but with some personnel changes. Half the original duo, vocalist Talitha MacKenzie, left, replaced by Scottish vocalist Michaela Rowan and Scot-of-Ghanaian-descent Jackie Joyce, while Martin Swan stayed and brought in several other instrumentalists. So there's some further development of the basic concept of building out from a Celtic base to a broader world music.

The result is at times rather like a lighter, peppier kind of Peter Gabriel music. The women take most of the vocals, which are often ethereal. There's always a funky bass groove, plenty of Afro-pop, some overt French influence, and a little hip-hop, which syncs well with the "mouth music" (the name the band takes from the Scottish practice of wordless or non-lyric-intensive highly rhythmic singing). Another reviewer mentions techno, and you can hear some of that too in a few places. It all mixes well. Experimental but not edgy, just fun.
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I used to go and dance to this band in Edinburgh, as they were a local group. I knew some of the band memebers... i had the album on tape, but it is much better having it on CD as the quality is greater and there are also remixes and so on.I hadn't heard this album for six years and didn't think that i could get another copy let alone from Texas.. so I'm glad that i looked.

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