Opening with sounds like chatter between a sperm whale and and the insects thriving on the forest floor, Pluna, the newest release by Francis Moss, finds a musical bed for those willing to open their mind and their ears to the unabashedly experimental expositions performed by David Lord.
Francis Moss is solo David Lord of Solagette, Wonder Revolution and Polygnome Trio fame, from Wichita, KS. Francis Moss retains many of the tonal and technical characteristics of Lord's guitar sound but employs an unique approach to musical structure and texture as well as melodic and harmonic response without lacking the overall optimism and curiosity which define much of Lord's songwriting.
No stranger to guitar sound discovery, Pluna comes off more like the foundation of a glossary for future Francis Moss releases. Reverse guitars over sliding, portamento-like, tiny leads are a basis for much of the sound found on Pluna. Different this go around are the longer churning pads floating in the background. It's hard to discern how much is guitar sound and how much is found sound.
There are scraping sounds like beads on cymbals, crunching sounds like footsteps on sticks and old leaves. There are hissing sounds that are reminiscent of the elementary tattle tale. There is a broad smorgasbord of new ideas and interesting new textures for an experimental music lover to discover in this short - 9 song, 20 minute - release on Air House Records.