â€œSave The Yuppie Breeding Groundsâ€ is the first track off of â€œManifest Densityâ€, and it shows that Moraine expects more out of their listeners than most bands. Where the average CD will gradually pick up steam as the tracks roll on, â€œManifest Densityâ€ immediately showcases intricate arrangements and complex emotions that will require a listenerâ€™s full attention. Moraineâ€™s overall approach during this track is hard to decipher, but one can easily hear bits and pieces of progressive metal, nineties-alternative, and even hints of 80s British metal.
The inclusion of strings here provide a perfectly classical side to Moraine that is balanced well by the tribal drums that surround a listener. â€œEphebus Amoebusâ€ brings the overall sound of â€œManifest Densityâ€ over to a more jazz style, but the tempestuous strings turn what is a fairly normal jazz track into a chiaroscuro of light and dark, calm and fury. The band stands alone as one of the few acts that can put forth a contemporary sound without including vocals; the strings and various ancillary elements pop up through â€œManifest Densityâ€ to tell a narrative as rich as any heard this year. â€œ$9 Pay-per-View Lifetime TV Movieâ€ is the strongest effort on the disc for myself, as the act is able to create in the space of six minutes something epic.
Where tracks like the aforementioned â€œSave The Yuppie Breeding Groundsâ€ were strong because they were so unexpected, the well-paced â€œLifetime TV Movieâ€ can be enjoyed in much the same way as a movie. The distinct segments of the song represent a microcosm of what the entirety of the disc entails, and may be a better introduction to Moraine than any other track to be found on this album. â€œMiddlebrowâ€, the discâ€™s final track, provides an authoritative ending that allows listeners to close the book on â€œManifest Densityâ€, while ensuring that listeners will eagerly be anticipating anything that Moraine may do in the future, be it touring or subsequent album. Buy a copy of Moraineâ€™s â€œManifest Densityâ€ and set aside a few hour block where their unique music can properly be appreciated.
Top Tracks: Save The Yuppie Breeding Grounds, $9 Pay-per-View Lifetime TV Movie
Moraine â€“ Manifest Density / 2009 Moonjune / 11 Tracks / http://www.moonjune.com / http://www.myspace.com/moraineseattle