Moginie Electric Guitar Orchestra

"The Colour Wheel"

(Reverberama); Instrumental

By ​Phil ​Bennett


Having always displayed a slightly eccentric streak, Jim Moginie never fails to surprise as he shifts restlessly from major label star (Midnight Oil) to surf twanging specialist (The Break) and Irish folk picker (Shameless Seamus).

This particular outing, however, sees him open the door to a very strange and undeniably thrilling room indeed, as he presents a set of compositions inspired by the theories that explore the correlation between light and sound.

His ensemble consists of five electric guitarists, a bassist, percussionist and five painters, who create a work of sound and vision with each complementing the other.

The album, of course, only presents the sound, but this is such a striking collection that it can easily enthral of its own accord.

The pieces are charmingly understated yet full of surprises as they range from the sinister opener, White, through some moments of exquisite beauty such as the gorgeous Aqua and the sparklingly dreamy Yellow Green to the grand All Of The Colours.

Elsewhere, Red is a flighty hurtle through a tunnel of brake lights while Orange tickles that little nerve which sends creepy shivers up the spine.

A multiflavoured confection of sounds, moods and melodies, the Colour Wheel is a quite extraordinary feast for the senses.

Well worth a spin or two.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.