Parisian multi-instrumentalist Pablo Padovani likes to keep himself busy it would seem. Not content with playing guitar for Melody’s Echo Chamber by day, here he is releasing an EP under his own guise: Moodoïd. The four tracks included (only one under five minutes) are excellent experiments in the realms of psychedelic pop. Mixed by Tame Ipala’s Kevin Parker there’s a multitude of elements to peak interest before hearing a single note.
The opening track, and single Je Suis La Montagne is without doubt the pick of the bunch here. All dreamy, reverb-soaked rhythm and floaty goodness. A chunky bassline, chugging along and keeping pace, holds together proceedings letting the backing vocals flood in and out and pan around enough to suspend the lead vocal somewhere in between. The jingle-jangle of the guitar set with the plush vocals taking you on a voyage of discovery.
The EP takes in genres as varied as Afrobeat, Prog, Bhangra, Pop, Rock, Psych and more. With points of reference in artists like Connan Mockasin and on closing track Dirty Projectors or tUnE-yArDs. Each track is different from the other, and there’s more experimentation and interest here than you’ll find on many full albums. An excellent debut.