Release Date: Mar 11, 2016
Record label: Because Music
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
Irish producer Jack Colleran delivers mournful nocturnes on his first full-length under the MMOTHS moniker. Luneworks undergoes a delicate deconstruction as beautiful songs are shaped from seemingly ugly sounds; compositions crumble under the weight of distortion lent by an obvious affinity for shoegaze, while unclear vocals weave a tale of heartbreak.The album is dominated by static-y soundscapes: lead singles "Eva" and "Deu" use dissonant textures to form complex rhythms, and though most of the lyrics are lost through blurred vocals, their soulful essence is retained. First song "You" feeds a glitchy croon into a furnace of feedback, "Para Polaris" reveals itself through echoing wails and "Body Studies" swells with a sense of urgency.
The mix of electronic music with the fuzzy bliss of shoegazing is an apt one. Both are, sometimes, given over to beatific moments of transcendence. A communion with the other. Kevin Shields’ band My Bloody Valentine has become one of the key influences of a generation of electronic artists, and whilst once admitting a predilection for Seefeel or Slowdive was a bit like saying you were into S Club 7, they’re now recognized as visionaries.
Following two EPs released in 2012 and 2013, Irish electronic musician MMOTHS (Jack Colleran) took three years to write, record, and release his debut full-length, relocating to Los Angeles in the process. The album continues the moody, atmospheric downtempo sound of his EPs, with ambient techno beats and keyboard melodies cloaked in vast, cavernous reverb, but while those releases included appearances by guest vocalists including Holly Miranda and former Keep Shelly in Athens singer Sarah P. , Luneworks is sung entirely by Colleran himself.
This is the debut album from Ireland’s MMOTHS, the name under which Jack Colleran performs. Colleran has been stirring up attention for the last few years with two EPs and impressive live performances. Given the hype it would be easy for the man to fold and deliver a record that didn’t live up to expectations. Instead, he’s given us one that surpasses all that we might have hoped for.
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Clearly, Irish-born, LA-based Jack Colleran has chosen to double the m’s in his name for ease of search engine optimisation. But the additional consonant adds a welcome flutter to the wingbeats of his moniker, one taken up by the oscillating opening passages of his debut album, a track called You. Written and recorded entirely at night, this could just be another one of those desolate electronic records in which disembodied vocal atmospheres meet glitchy beats (all of which Mmoths does, sometimes both at once, as on 1709).
The 22-year old Jack Colleran, under his Mmoths alias, has revealed that the making of his debut album provided something of a catharsis. He stole himself away at night in a microscopic LA home studio, using music to work through emotional issues. And while confusion and torment are apparent on Luneworks, the enduring mood is one of human success; a sort of daylight slowly dawning over what can often be jarring, heavily filtered ambient washes and scratchy scree.
The humble spawning of MMOTHS in the house of a teenage Jack Colleran many moons ago is a story that is shared by many bedroom producers from the chillwave revolution of the late Noughties. Unlike many of those though, the debut LP offered by MMOTHS in the form of Luneworks, now thankfully echoes a road less travelled. And like a good wine, Colleran’s musical endeavor has aged well, with the resultant LP being a full-bodied, and texturally intricate sonic treat.