Boomkat Product Review:
Bing & Ruth, the ever-evolving project helmed by New York composer David Moore, returns with an excellent new album.
David Moore's last couple of high-profile albums as Bing & Ruth - RVNG's "Tomorrow Was The Golden Age" and the 4AD-released "No Home Of The Mind" - both hinged around a small ensemble, with piano guiding the mood. "Species" takes a different approach, concentrating on the sound of the Farfisa electric organ, punctuated occasionally with clarinet and double bass.
It's the most arresting material we've heard yet from Moore - blissful and cinematic but restrained, never falling into the usual traps. Fans of Sarah Davachi and Kali Malone will have plenty to sink their teeth into here, but where Moore differs is with his willingness to never shy away from abject beauty. These melancholy portraits are achingly lovely at times, not minimal as such, but layered and dense without losing hold of the unique character of the organ. At times, "Species" almost sounds like a 70s prog record with most of the recording channels muted - drums, guitars and vocals vanish like ghosts but leave traces in the mind.
It's painfully evocative, and somehow ideal for long stretches spent indoors, dreaming of aborted futures and a wasted past.