Moffarammes - Cairo

9 songs
28:17 minutes
***** ***


Swedish duo Moffarammes left already a very good impression with their previous album The Eye Of Horus, so I was quite eager to listen to their newest effort Cairo. Once again, they have an Egyptian themed album title, but their music is actually more inspired by the North American continent.

Mikale Björklund and Samuel Järpvik still play rather edgy music without a bass guitar. Nonetheless there have been some stylistic changes. Last year’s album reminded me of Fugazi, Sonic Youth and the likes, but this time the lo-fi component plays an even more important role. This starts with the recordings which have been made during just one weekend. This proves the band’s productive working methods, but it is a pity that we don’t even get a half hour of music. But we can take comfort in the exquisite songwriting. While the opener Horus Unveiled can still be considered the connecting link between the debut and the current album, the following material goes into a noisier direction that reminds me of the productions by Guido Lucas. Desert Air Blues is a pleasantly askew and minimal piece that could as well have been done by the White Stripes. The songs are all quite short and come with sparse instrumentation and not that many harmonies. And this is exactly how we like the band! Like on the predecessor, there is one quieter track (Bullet In The Sky) which once again allows comparisons to Jane’s Addiction.

Moffarammes are one of the hottest indie bands around right now. My only complaint is the short running time, which is even three minutes less due to a hidden bonus track. Maybe the duo should have recorded during two weekends to come up with more material for their fans. Maybe the short interval between the two albums is another explanation for the shortage of material. Let’s hope Moffarammes are more patient in the future before the head back to the studio.

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