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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 86 | volume XV | September-October, 2012



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 86September-October, 2012
Sound Reviews

An Album to Listen to, With Lungs Wide Open

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Bojan Šaševski

MOOGER FOOGER is a band that celebrates a kind of musical responsibility that goes hand in hand with advanced thinking and common sense. A group which unites and actively looks after the independent status of creativity. Their music rises above cultural vulgarity, and what is more, it stands tall, facing the silicone tides. And quite cheekily, in the only sensible way possible – with gigs, inspirational hangouts, and lots of productivity. Constantly! Joined by numerous other creative types who defy the shackles of the slave mentality. Henceforth, it seems that the band’s leader Sead Hadžić–Secko and the rest of the gang are fully committed to their one intention, which is to create music: experimental, surreal, post-punk, socially-politically, uncompromising indi-rock with an edge, with teeth, hearth and brains.
    We are still breathing in the freshness of “4th of July”, but, here we are, not even a full year has passes, and the boys are once again summoning us in, with the album titled “La Kana”, after the bar located in the Old Skopje Bazaar. However, “La Kana” is not a club or a booze-bar, rather, an intimate stop on the city’s urban map. Its zeitgeist status comes as the result of a string of interesting alternative musical performances, events, screenings, promotions, theme sets, and first and foremost, due to its characteristic niche, as a convenient meeting place for artists and their creative energies. Perhaps this is why the news of MOOGER FOOGER’s new album had instantly electrified the subculture’s antennae.
    “La Kana” was recorded in Sonic 57 Studio and contains a packaged arrangement of 12 themes by around twenty musicians, instrumentalists, creative types, harbingers of the domestic indi-scene. It acts as a compilation and could thus be freely called ‘MOOGER FOOGER and Friends’. The parties involved enter temptation mode in order to create a shared fluidity which would then present itself as a kind of sound basis for further listening exploration. Compared to their previous albums, “La Kana” is slightly lighter and more melodious. However, this does not mean that it should be approached lightly or with reservations. Quite the opposite, it takes the listener on an emotional rollercoaster through a dreamy, multi-layered guitar ambience. At the same time, it offers plenty of verve, esthetics, distorted bits, chaos, psychedelics, poetics, melancholy, rock-en-roll spirit of revolt. All of it skillfully balanced and neatly packaged.
    In fact, all of the songs have been adjusted according

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