Mocombo - 'Odyssey'

The major themes of  Mocombo's first album release 'Odyssey ', recognize the historic and turbulent ongoing relationships of the desert peoples of the Middle East, feelings of love and isolation.  From Abrahim onward, the nomadic desert family divided into today's warring factions.  How ironic Muslim and Jewish and Christians share the same bloodline; they are all from the same family.  Humanity has been seduced by this cosmic masqerade.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Many cuts feature Persian born guitarist Fardad Faladianpour who resides in Victoria, B.C. Canada.



Mocombo's album Odyssey starts with the song 'Out on A Desert'. The mysterious sounds of a desert sand storm accompanied by a comforting tabla rhythm and camel bells sets a melancholy mood.  We journey through retrospection and isolation eventually entering into a maze of sounds of a market place. 


Finally, we hear field recording sound bytes of Arabic people praying at Mecca intertwined with Jews praying at the Wailing Wall.  The surreal irony joins everyone's prayers as the lingering wind carries the sound off into the empty distance.


'Pieces From The Past' (unrequited love) and ' I'm Free'  (love,loss and war) plea their case before the the classical interlude 'Prelude to War'.


'The War Zone' features drummer extraordinaire Bob 'Crow' Clarke (Jackson Hawk, Amen) weaving in and out of 4/4, 6/4 and 7/4 timing grooves while maintaining a steady thick pulse. The minimalism of the lonely violin voice is contrasted by the complexity of the accompanying bass and drums parts and reaches its peak with Persian guitarist Fardad Faladianpour`s guitar solo. 


If you ever been dumped by somebody else, you can probably identify with 'I'm Waiting".  'Mourning Rain' remembers the children's bus caught in the crossfire of war.


'On the Run' reflects the influences of African artist King Sunny Ade`, as the hypnotic bass part continues to create a trance-like rhythm while the main vocals ride the vamping chorus refrain.


Odyssey's gumbo continues with a little humor as the duet 'I Want You' parodies the classic lover's debate while the Jerry Lee Lewis tainted and melodramatic 'Can't Hold On' is a complete departure from anything else on the album and refuses to end its boogie-woogie hysteria so the engineers just pulled the plug!