Welcome to Review Revue, where every Thursday I dig through the KEXP stacks to share DJ reviews and comments written on the covers of LPs (and occasionally CDs) in the ’80s and ’90s, when the station was called KCMU, the DJs were volunteers, and people shared their opinions on little white labels instead of the internet.
This week, casual observers might think we were covering a lesser-known album by the long-running jam band phenomenon Moe (or "moe." as their moniker is often stylized). But that confusion is the result of a carelessly placed post-it on the cover of this record (which I could have removed before photographing it, I suppose, but I'm not really in the habit of removing labels from records at KEXP; you never know what might be important). The band in question is actually Moev, an intermittently long-running (and maybe still active?) electronic music group from the endlessly creative land of Vancouver, British Columbia. Opinions at KCMU were mixed on this, the band's second full-length album, but this project certainly had many fans all over the world, including the founders of the Nettwerk Music Group. According to the internet, they first started their label specifically to release the music of Moev! That's quite an origin story. (And if you read on, you'll find that at least some of their releases might have even had better mixes than the US versions.)
Moev's current status is unclear to me (you can visit their web site to see if you can figure out what they're up to), but they left behind a deep discography, which I look forward to looking into, and perhaps discovering some new musical pleasures — guilty or otherwise.
"Synthy pop rock. Nothing really too different. Bogs down in parts. This group has done better but not a bad effort."
"1-2 was written to be played on AM radio. One of the Moevers had to drive a truck (for a job) and was subjected to AM radio." [I honestly can't tell if this is meant as a dig, or actual legitimate background information."
"'Dusk + Desire'?! Hmmm . . . (Jobs are stupid + pointless, too.) Kinda a limp weenie, don't ya think? Al? Come on. It's flacid. [sic]"
"Sorry Art, don't agree with you. Yup, it's a guilty pleasure, but I like it."
"You spelled flaccid wrong, you weenie."
"This isn't even good enough to feel guilty about liking it, though. Make her eat her words Art!"
"The import of this has different mixes. (I think better ones are to be found there.)"