Tabiat by MoonerRelease date: December 8, 2017
Label: Outer Battery Records
Outer Battery Records seem to be keen on Indonesian rock classic and current. After coming up with Shark Move’s Ghede Chokra’s psych/prog reissue, they are also bringing some more current Indonesian sounds – those of Mooner and their Tabiat album. And judging by their catalogue so far, that one is definitely up to their alley.
Mooner turns out to actually be an Indonesian supergroup, as it comprises members of bands that are well known in their home country, and Tabiat is their debut that is now reaching international audiences. Judging by its sound, the fans of heavy psych and stoner around the world should definitely check this one out!
In a recent conversation with Echoes and Dust about their influences, Rekti from the band actually truly described Mooner’s sound – he cited Indonesian legends Shark Move and their take on late psychedelia, San Francisco heavyweights (in every sense of that word) Hot Lunch and the Dutch psych popsters Shocking Blue. While the first two might seem as no surprise when heavy and psych are mentioned the mention of Shocking Blue might. Until you hear the first tones of their female singer. The moment ‘Buruh’ opens the album, similarities with Shocking Blue’s Mariska Veres (with touches of Curved Air’s Sonja Kristina) become evident. And it is a voice that really fits the dominant heavy tones that often recall proto-stoner sound of say, Edgar Broughton Band that characterises Mooners sound.
Still, it is not all get-down on the riffs mode, and the album is better for it. ‘Hei’ has that lightness in its vocal touch that helps the heavy guitar riffs along, while the album is also interspersed with three ‘Takana’ instrumental tracks (1, 2 & 3). While ‘Takana 1’ sounds like something that might have come out of Captain Beefheart with Eastern touches cookbook, Taken 2 & 3 sound like they might have been Peter Green’s ideas for ‘Oh Well’ (Part 2). These tracks play the right balance with the heaviness of tracks like ‘Ingkar’ and ‘Serikat’ for example, making this a stoner-leaning album that even those listeners who don’t fancy stoner rock might give a listen, particularly if psych is their name of the game.