Little over a week ago, London post-psych collective, Moderate Rebels released their debut album, ‘The Sound of Security’; which further pursues their sonic manifesto of “using as few words and chords as possible”.
Despite being introduced by the group as “a load of overheard pub conversations, squashed into one song”, there’s wisdom in the words of tracks like ‘When The Cost Has No Value’. It’s a deadpan roll-call of neologisms for our times set to two and a half minutes of loping drum-machine-and-strum-driven melody. The song cements the London collective’s standing at the lyrical and sonic cutting-edge. Sounding entirely effortless as they do so.
“We tried to create conditions where the songs could write themselves with minimum resistance; an automatic writing situation”, they said. “The point was to remove ourselves, our beliefs and our intentions as much as possible; to just let it happen. It’s never been about us, we want to make music that aims at being more important than that”.
Having set out their hypnotically brutalist improv with prior releases ‘God Sent Us’ and the ‘Proxy’ EP, the group decamped to a small Bermondsey studio to cut an album influenced by La Dusseldorf, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Roxy Music, and MGMT. These artists, amongst others, were not the only thing that impacted on the final record, however.
“There were churches on either side”, they continued. “So we’d hear the congregations singing and playing all day, celebrating their spiritual beliefs with a jubilant and communal noise. Without getting too much into psychogeography, that couldn’t help but bleed into what we were putting together. It’s powerful and uplifting stuff, no matter what your own particular philosophy may be. At the very least, it explains all the handclaps on the album!”