Of The Mesozoic are a superb instrumental 4 piece (multi-keyboards,
guitar, electronic percussion, and sax) who combine equal parts
progressive rock, pulse, classical, and more into an instantly
recognizable whole; no rock band uses interlocking parts as brilliantly
as these guys.
Dawn of the Cycads
For the first time ever, all of the band's 3 recordings for Ace of Hearts (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Magnetic Flip and Beat of the Mesozoic) are reissued in their entirety and in the order in which they were originally heard when they were first issued. In the the words of Erik Lindgren, the remastering done here, "sonically makes the 'Sonic Geology' package irrelevant." The package comes with a 20 page booklet of notes and photos and there is a huge wealth of totally cool CDRom material - 175 photos, art files, set-lists, dioramas, letters, documents and more. Additionally, there are two studio tracks and seven live tracks, none of which have ever been heard before, for over 45 minutes of bonus material.
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘Thank You,’ that would suffice.” So yeah, thank you. Because who could resist the stately and surprisingly plump pieces on this comprehensive Ace of Hearts anthology with superadded bonus outtakes and live tracks? Only a person with a heart of stone. From the 1983 self-titled EP, opener “Sound Valentine” and “Orange Ocean” are the stand-outs. Proceeding to 1984’s Magnetic Flip we venture into more rugged territory; for some of us, the majestic opening track, “Shiny Golden Snakes,” and the tumultuous “Terry Riley’s House” must surely have been turbulent highlights from that lost year of dread, with “International Tours” and “Bridge Underwater” their psychopomp antitheses.The 1986 release Beat of the Mesozoic features more of the band’s playful yet consistently stirring and ambitious classical pieces, notably the opener “Lost in the B-Zone,” the luminescent “Waterwheel,” and the elegaic “Scenes From a...”. The seven live tracks, retroactively titled Between the Fires, reveal a band ably positioned to perform live some of their most rigorous and intellectually challenging compositions, notably “Carbon 14” and the astonishing, otherworldly climax to “Lqabblil Insanya"
- The Noise
their 13th album and in their 25th year together, post-punk, art-rock
pioneers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic do a 180 degree musical swerve
and link up with bass-baritone vocalists Oral Moses, one of the
preeminent African-American performers of traditional spirituals.
The band demolish all preconceptions about themselves by presenting
a program of heavily rearranged, well known African-American spirituals
and 19th century art songs. The blend of Birdsongs' cutting-edge
instrumentation with the strength and majesty of Moses' voice
creates a very unorthodox yet deeply moving sound, which The Noise
called, "Totally sublime and deeply moving." This collaboration
represents a new experiment from all parties - something of a
meeting at the crossroads between two creative parties passing
in very different directions. Together they bring these centuries-old
songs kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Click
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aren't just African-American songs - these are American songs."
- Oral Moses