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Bobak, Jons, Malone

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First time on CD for British progressive rock rarity, described in prog rock bible ‘The Tapestry Of Earthly Delights’ as ‘an album full of spooky psychedelia with progressive leanings’. Motherlight was the brainchild of (top psych act) the Orange Bicycle’s Wilson Malone (producer/arranger for Iron Maiden, Simple Minds, Massive Attack & The Verve), plus engineer/producer Andy Jons & producer Mike Bobak.

Known by the name of an album rather than the name of the group, Motherlight produced an album full of spooky psychedelia with progressive leanings, which works really well. Almost all tracks have a slightly unsettling atmosphere, originating in a clever use of dissonance, without being quirky. On A Meadow - Lea has good fuzz guitar paired to pastoral lyrics, while Mona Lose bears overt traces of malice. Burning The Weed sounds quite surprisingly akin to US Kaleidoscope. The Lens is Procol Harum on a bad trip and even foreshadows Joy Division! The lyrics are downright chilling:

“I view the lens with terror and in my spellbound fear,
brightly dim in, steady shimm’rin, icy eyes see.”

A beautiful album. Malone played subsequently for a host of other acts.


1. Motherlight
2. On a Meadow - Lea
3. Mona Lose
4. Wanna Make a Star, Sam
5. House of Many Windows
6. Chant
7. Burning the Weed
8. Lens

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