Ambitious Brummie psych band conduct their new experiment
The Mothers Earth Experiment are six-piece contemporary progressive outfit from the West Midlands. The band, having grown up as childhood friends, comprise of James Baker on Keys, Vocals, Jake Clarke on Bass, Reece Greenfield on Drums, Vocals, Oliver Overton on Percussion, Mark Roberts on Guitars, Vocals and Jackson Younger on Guitars.
The boys released their debut EP “Don’t Speak Against The Sun” in September 2015 and played their first show supporting Gong and have since gone on to play with Syd Arthur, Soft Machine, Acid Mothers Temple, Nicholas Allbrook (Tame Impala, Pond), Braids and Arthur Brown.
They follow 2015`s release with a self-titled six track album via legendary Birmingham label Swordfish Records.
The album opens with `Cool Down Mama` and Mark`s vocals lay down a sort of challenge with the lyrics “Mother Earth`s Experiment`s begun, you’ve been suffering for far too long…. “ this is wonderfully aired over a great mix of guitar licks, keyboards, bass, drumming and some cracking percussion. The track is very reminiscent of all this is good about sixties flavoured psychedelic music. I really loved the chanting with “Cool Down Mama” being sung out intermittently throughout.
The guitar playing on `Talos` had a real World Music feel about it before this song ventured off into a rockier jazzy feel with the vocals flitting in and out at just the right time.
We get an interesting organ driven piece with “Quietus” which starts off with Mark`s vocals laid over some marvellous swirling organ curtesy of James Baker. This lengthy aria, weighing in at over nine minutes is almost divided into two parts with the latter becoming a free form psychedelic jazz mash up.
“Trust Me” begins with a wonderful bass line and Mark`s almost haunting voice blended atop before the rest of the band join in. A classic seventies prog jazz piece, if ever there was one.
The penultimate track `Elbow Room` is a really chilled out laid back affair, with Mark`s vocals floating in and out. I found myself drifting off, in a positive way but being drawn back to this sort of sonic tapestry of ambient psychedelia.
The album ends with `Mono No Aware` a tune that starts quietly but builds up along route with some great musicianship.
This is a cracker of an album with a wide range of influences from electronica, jazz, world music, progressive rock and psychedelia. It`s a little eclectic but evokes some delightful atmospheres, with their emotive melodies, accomplished musicianship and well-crafted tunes.
This was one experiment that I was thrilled to be part of.
Rating 9 /10