[B]'Untune The Sky'[/B] is an extremely rough, youthful record...

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Guided by the erratic talent of [a]Richard Davies[/a], The Moles were Sydney’s answer to The Flaming Lips. ‘Untune The Sky’ was originally released in 1992, and although Davies was later to develop a far more orchestral, symphonic sound (The Moles‘ second album, ‘Instinct’, was a masterpiece), it was this that first alerted critics to his deliberately skewed take on psychedelia.

) and lots of pointless flailing about (the track ‘Tendrils And Paracetamol’ is seven minutes of random distortion and slowed tape noise). Crucially, however, it also teems with original ideas.

The music for the most part is distorted garage rock, but within those narrow confines you can hear snorting bagpipes (‘Wires’), samples from the Australian [I]Play School[/I] (‘This Is A Happy Garden’) and a procession of eerie and muffled guitar melodies that occasionally recall REM, but mostly just sound like The Flaming Lips. Shortly after it came out, Davies fled to America, recruited a new band, and ‘Untune The Sky’ was lost to the world. Time shows it’s well worth rediscovering.