Moe – “It Pictures” – [Conrad Sound]
This 2011 release from Norwegian artist Moe seems to straddle across several genres, with a heaviness that might nestle next to metal in moments and a hectic art-rock sensibility (and sax to boot) as well. Heavy bass and drums are a nice counterpoint to bass player Guro Skumsnes Moe‘s sexier vocals that at times remind me a bit of Liz Phair’s clean and confident talk-sing style, but with a Norwegian accent. Moe isn’t afraid to scream either and during those moments this release would fit squarely on the playlists of both metal loving DJs and riot grrrl fans. Other pieces (Like “Save Me”) are more straight-ahead with pretty vocals and more subdued bass. Musically, there are plenty of scrapes, saws, and creaks throughout the album to keep experimental fans happy as well. Guest artists include Okkyung Lee on cello on one track, Lasse Marhaug doing acoustic noise on another and sax by Kjetil Moster and Kim-Erik Pedersen.