Tracks: Northentro (soundtrack), She Sings To Me (retro-pop), Mr..Rogers (electronica), Darwin (soul/RnB), Jim’s Truck (hard rock), Damn allright (trip-hop), Down town (prog electronica), EZ girl (lounge jazz-pop), Denji (soundtrack), Disappear (retro-pop), Green Song (rock), Gan (ambient) , Pramanha (world), I Don’t Wanna (electronica/soul), Z’nave a la Evans (prog electronica), Waterfolk (trip-hop), Daneloo (electronica), Flute Stretch (electronica), Lake (prog rock)
More Info: www.pennynation.com
Verdict: Snoozy eclectic jazz influenced electronica (i.e. nothing to do with Melodic Rock)
Even though Mood Swings’ main focus is melodic rock, there is something about the name ‘Mood Swings’ that attracts review submissions from artists outside this genre. “The Invisible Music soundtrack'” is one such submission.
You may have already guessed from the title – there is no movie. Just a collection of music tracks to which you provide your own moving pictures.Surprisingly the CD leaflet doesn’t say what you need to smoke, swallow, drink or inject to help this process!
The music is described by Penny Nation as an eclectic mix of retro-pop,electronica, soul/RnB, hard rock(?), lounge, trip-hop……(I’ve included their classifications along with the track listing). The common factor in all this is the vocals of Lydia from a group called Mothers Favorite Child. The musicians are a group of people affiliated to Penny Nation records.
In fact, there is less diversity here than implied from the press info. I’d describe most of it as laid back lounge elctronica jazz. There a few hints of other styles, but they don’t amount to anything more than hints. I thought the hard rock of “Jim’s Truck” might be of interest, but it is only a minute long and I’d describe it more as heavy funk. The Latin sounds of Pramanha do add diversity, but perversely seem out of place.
There is nothing here to interest Melodic Rock fans. However, I guess if you tastes extent to laid back jazzy influenced pop/electronica you should check out the web site (which has some nice animations).