Released in 2005 on cd as a double with Dave Graney - "HASHISH and LIQUOR" . Available here as a standalone digital album.
from the original pr "Evil nuns, female explorers, burlesque dancers, corporate criminals, the abyss, the void, childhood family holidays , alcohol, cats, bees, bete noirs , meeting phantoms from the past…on a night train to hell…these are the stuff of which, lyrically , " liquor" is made of. The album is subtitled "a taste of the abyss" ( le gout de gouffre) in response to a quip by a french philosopher who explained the dearth of female adventurers and explorers by saying that women in general lacked " a taste for the abyss".
Out of this Clare Moore started to write her album of fiercely female tales of explorations of the deep. She knows no fear. Punk.
Musically rich, the album veers from the garage punk of "the town bike song" to the subterranean, other worldly funk of "a taste of the abyss". There is also the swinging, big band, horn driven tale of " a lot to drink about" and the art disco sounds favoured in " alphonsus will get you" ( Alphonsus being the name given to her trusty cane by an evil nun) and "out of where". Along the way there are touches of Noel Coward and Gilbert and Sullivan, sci fi themes and her long running fondness for telling stories with sound effects ( see the effected reprise of "Fearless Freds Shack" and the actual Adelaide to Melbourne steam engine at the end of "The long train of misery").
Clare Moore writes her songs on the piano but pays great attention to the beat, having spent so much time driving bands from the prow of the goodly drum kit. The piano is turned into organs and mellotrons and, most distinctively, that mixture of rhythm and harmony found in the instruments grouped together as tuned percussion. She mistressfully uses the vibraphone and the marimba as well as all kinds of shakers and cowbells and and tambourines.
There is a lot happening in Clare Moore tunes. It is not a kind of music that springs from a deep study of plain old rock music, ( or its inbred , rickets wracked cousin, alt rock) . She has let her ears stray to many areas of jazz, r&b, country, pop, and rap music. She is also a female musician who has made her life as an instrumentalist first and is only recently coming to the world of songwriting and thematic arrangement. She has stuff to say. This is her second solo album. She has been involved in the production and performance of about twenty others."
released August 14, 2014
Recorded at the Ponderosa 2004/5. Except for "a lot to drink about" which was recorded at Metroplolis by Adam Rhodes and "a taste of the abyss" which was recorded at RMIT by Tim Stroud.
Guest musicians include Mark Fitzgibbon on piano and Stuart Perera guitar for "a taste of the abyss". Glynn Hickling on trumpet , Adele Pickvance on bass and Ben Grant on sax for " a lot to drink about". Stu Thomas on bass for "Tomorrow Inc".
Invaluable assistance from Bill MIller on guitar and editing.
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