Of course, the question is what makes a record a Moles record? “The Moles is a fitting incognito pseudonym synonym nom de guerre pen name make believe disguise cloak for most of the musical ideas I get. The album has accumulated over many years. I recorded in Boston, New York, and Western Massachusetts when ideas and opportunities came along. It is almost like a journal covering 15 years,” explains legendary tunesmith Richard Davies (Cardinal, solo). Recorded with like-minded cohorts such as Boston veterans Bob Fay (Sebadoh) and Malcolm Travis (Sugar), as well as New York City fresh faces Dion Nania (Free Time) and Jarvis Taveniere (Woods), the collected songs on “Tonight’s Music” continue his streak of dazzling and unique psych pop.
With lyrics inspired by the deeply personal, along with Davies wild and cracked imagination, housed within a swirl of sweet melodies and careening blasts, sometimes in the same tune, the end result is an album that delivers everything great about psych rock, without really being a straight psych rock record. If it sounds complicated, it’s not. Davies never loses sight of delivering his songs, whether that means a chugging acoustic train ignited by distortion and holding desperately to the tracks, or a shimmering silver pop gem tickling your ears. Has he created his very own “Madcap Laughs” or “Oar”, twisted around his playful ways, or has he just taught the kids how it is really done (once again)? The sun will rise all summer long as we await the answers.
“Tonight’s Music” follows on the heels of the 2014 comprehensive reissue of their past discography; “Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story Of The Moles” as well as a triumphant show at Glastonbury.
“The greatest differentiator between the work of the Moles and that of their contemporaries, though, is Davies himself. As a presence, there is something deeply and beguilingly inscrutable about him, a purposeful blankness that betrays an enormous amount of weight and depth behind it, and oozes both vulnerability and vitriol when it breaks and cracks.” – PITCHFORK
Brain-child of one Richard Davies, The Moles were an Australian chamber-pop band, who broke up in 1993, only for Davies to use the Moles monicker for the release of what was effectively his solo debut album "Instinct".