Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released in 1956, 'More Moondog' was the second album by Louis Thomas Hardin, followed the next year by a further LP, 'The Story Of Moondog'. The tone of this fragmented, wildly eclectic body of work tends to rest its focus on percussion, exploring the Eastern-influenced, gamelan-styled sounds developed by homemade instruments like Moondog's famed "trimba" and "oo".
The majority of the compositions here are brief, intricate miniatures, which within the space of a mere minute or two instantly place you in Moondog's singular sound world, structured with odd time signatures and populated by sounds that are quite unlike anything you'll hear anywhere, outside of perhaps a Harry Partch recording. When the longer-form pieces arrive they embellish upon this primal, outsider aesthetic with visceral, jazzy arrangements. 'Up Broadway' is an urgent and thorny construction combining rhythmic complexity with aggressive horns, while 'In A Doorway' lets a little of the outside world into its space, embracing the street sounds that influenced Moondog's early works.
The album is completed with a selection of strange avant-garde pieces drawing on speech recordings and more lyrical, solo recordings played on keyboard instruments, including the almost ragtime 'Fiesta Piano Solo' which demonstrates the lack of agenda in this composer's canon. It displays an approach to modern composition that doesn't ever establish any single, fixed identity, which is of course what made Moondog an alluring figure in 20th century music.