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The Morning After the LOVE?!project - Moondata LABproject #38

Posted by Sarah / February 15, 2009

Moondata LABproject 38As some of you may know as per my preview from last Thursday, last night marked the return of the Moondata LABprojects to the planks of O Patro Vys. It has been almost two years since LABproject 37, and honestly, I think everyone in the room last night felt it had been WAY too long. Like I've said before, this musical event used to be a monthly thing, and barely had I discovered it, had they stopped the magic from happening. The people in charge of making it happen have been busy with other things since then, and so have I. What I mean by that is that musical tastes evolve, and god knows I've been exposed to a boatload of live music since then, so loss of interest was definitely a possibility.
Like so many things in life, first times can be awkward. First kisses, first dates, first... you know. Firsts rarely live up to our expectations. Moondata LABprojects are the musical equivalent of one-night-stands: they can be fantastic, but they are a tricky thing to pull off. Sticking with the idea of one-night-stands, it's like being eternally single. It's constantly new and exciting, but it also means starting over from scratch every time, which is a lot of work with a narrow margin for success. The odds of this project being a flop are much higher than it being the superb even that it actually is.

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By now you must be wondering about the results? Well let me tell you it was a hot February evening at O Patro Vys last night: a steamy and playful session with lots on impassioned sweaty moments. I mean, panties almost came off! All joking aside, the music was floaty and intense. The songs are mainly improvised in a way that keeps more along the avenues of jazz improvisation than psychedelic-hippie jams. The music develops in definite shapes and structures which then becomes illuminated with the personal touches of its musicians. Though some of their players come from a rock background, these projects exits the realm of simple rock bands and tickles the fancy of fans with more demanding musical tastes.
Moondata LABproject 38-4.jpgThe players were all very strong musicians with an excellent sense for listening to each other, which seems self-evident, but believe me, isn't always the case with this sort of thing. The musicians were either excellently trained or amazingly talented because the whole thing was flawless. The members had a great synchronicity and complemented each others sounds perfectly. The drummers O'Neill and Barr played off each other nicely, and in one song especially, they lead the music into a powerful intensity, which they actually managed to sustain. In fact, intensity is probably the word of the night for me. The music had a dreamy way of taking you elsewhere... anyway, it took me far far away from the reality of stupid Valentine's day.
Moondata LABproject 38-3The only thing that I felt could have been better were the visuals. I've seen much better at these events and thought that last night's were pretty average. Not that it was bad per say, I've just seen better. The event was very successful and the bar was pretty full, which should definitely be taken as a sign of people's interest for this sort of thing. In a world of musical repeats where you go to shows and hear the same songs you paid for on the album already, it's fun and exciting to indulge your ears into something fresh and experimental. This is a fabulous and mainly untapped market that I think could gain to be exploited with the myriad of musical talents we have here in Montreal. Kudos to the project and here's to more of them in the near future.

Photo by SarahBrideau.com

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