Bay Area-based modern progressive rock band, MoeTar, collects seemingly disparate and opposing sonic forces to create a coherent artistic statement for their Magna Carta Records debut, From These Small Seeds.
MoeTar’s two main protagonists, lead singer Moorea Dickason and bassist/songwriter/lyricist Tarik Ragab, along with a versatile crew of musicians, including guitarist Matthew Charles Heulitt (Zigaboo Modeliste, Narada Michael Walden), drummer David Flores and keyboardist Matt Lebofsky (miRthkon) create catchy, yet complex, music that attempts to make sense of our confusing world.
On paper the music shouldn’t work at all. The band flies in the face of logic, yet not a musical note seems out of place. Flaunting their musical fluency, MoeTar doesn’t avoid challenges: they appear to actively court and thrive on them. Indeed. Inherent contradictions are the subject of many of the band’s songs.
“So much of what I write about involves paradoxes,” says Ragab. “It seems the rules are set in contradiction to one another.”
Half the fun of listening to MoeTar is hearing how well all of these seemingly incompatible musical pieces fit together. Amid sonic references to Zappa, The Beatles, XTC, Gentle Giant, Stevie Wonder, Laurie Anderson and many others, MoeTar offers a fresh approach to rock, pop, electronica and experimental music. Simply put, From These Small Seeds is the culmination of a collision of styles that seems to defy the odds – and our ears.
Moorea Dickason – Vocals • Tarik Ragab – Bass • Matt Lebofsky – Keys • Matthew Heulitt – Guitar • David M Flores – Drums •