Crescent is a project launched by
Matt Jones of Bristol's Movietone.
Their debut singles, Lost (Planet, 1994) and
Sun (Planet, 1994), sound like
stately garage-rock played by Spacemen 3.
Jones plays guitar and fronts a rock quartet on Now (Atavistic, 1996),
that serves more convoluted compositions, such as
Exit and Light Will Pour From Our Eyes.
The aim of the band is not clear, though, as their noise-rock does not
coalesce in a "style".
And Jones' vocals are not exactly engaging
(a dull imitation of Joy Division's Curtis).
The question mark remains after listening to
Electronic Sound Constructions (Snapshot, 1997), which is de facto
Jones' first solo album.
Jones plays all instruments and employs tape loops, but the music is amateurish
and pointless, especially for ambitious tracks like the
14-minute Philicorda Loops and the industrial mess
Collected Songs (Roomtone, 1999) collects material written between
1995 and 1998 and performed by a group of friends. It feels like a demo of
early Joy Division.
After a four-year hiatus, By The Roads And The Fields (Fat Cat, 2003)
presented a new project, busy merging slocore and lounge jazz,
Talk Talk and Tortoise.
It is an ambitious endeavour that takes Jones through
stream of consciousness (Structure and Form),
chamber music (Straight Line), dissonant jazz (Mica),
post-rock (New Leaves), the Velvet Underground (River Debris)
Joy Division (Spring), etc.
But, ultimately, the matter remains inert and cold, never assuming a warm,
organic form that would give meaning to the formidable display of ingredients.
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