What does it sound like?:
A pair of remastered rereleases, each with a bonus track – although I think said tracks have been available on previous reissues.
After a good debut with ‘Story of i’, I have to say I found the follow up ‘Out in the Sun’ something of a let down. Moraz was living in Brazil at the time, and as with its predecessor, the culture and sounds of that country are evident throughout. However, the material itself is pretty lightweight, an amalgam of light rock and pop really, in the vein of Supertramp at their most insipid. The all encompassing blandness is only relieved by the final track ‘Time For A Change’, where the extended nature of this mainly instrumental suite finally gives Moraz the opportunity to stretch his prog wings and do what he does best.
His third, self titled, album is much more like it. The pop sensibilities have sensibly been discarded, and prog once more rules the roost. The Brazilian influence again pervades this mostly instrumental concept piece, which is loosely based on the struggle between the ‘primitive world’, represented by acoustic instruments, and the ‘civilised world’, unsurprisingly denoted by electronic sounds. Imagine if you will a cross between Gates of Delirium and the third section of Karn Evil 9, with machines and robots almost destroying the primitive culture before, hurrah, an accord brokered by the world’s children is reached, allowing everyone to live happily ever after, as electronic and acoustic keyboards play in harmony and reprise the main themes of the album. This music has a genuine prog feel to it, flowing as a complete piece and having much more in common with his first album.
What does it all *mean*?
The pop based songs render ‘Out in the Sun’ something of a disappointment, but Moraz redeems himself with its follow up.
Goes well with…
Exploring musical influences from different cultures.
Might suit people who like…
Yes, ELP, a touch of world music perhaps.