Moodoïd – Moodoïd EP

The ambitious creation of Parisian multi-instrumentalist Pablo Padovani, Moodoïd’s stunning debut EP of globally-tinged psych pop is a release that knows no borders in time or geography. The son of cult jazz player Jean-Marc Padovani and guitarist for Melody’s Echo Chamber, Padovani’s psychedelic terrain is one evoking the spirit of Tropicalia’s exhilarating experimentation, the fractured-pop tropes of Connan Mockasin, and the freedom of 70s French prog namely Gong.

Moodoïd’s wild arrangements are rife with exuberant flair, taking a lot of liberties but never nearing self-indulgence. Mixed by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, the self-titled EP arrives with cool confidence as everything swings into place on the EP’s opener “Je suis la montagne” (which translates into “I am The Mountain”), as a sinewy groove guides the swirling guitar-pop and limber harmonies towards heavenly ascension. The art-rock suites within “Je sais ce que tu es” and “La chanson du ciel de diamants” showcase Padovani’s uncanny ability to transform baroque pop out into entrancing atmospheric worlds of their own while carefully never deviating too far from the songs’ melodic core, while the hypnotic eastern-tinged, drum-heavy propulsive “De folie pure” just commands attention.

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