In the seven years since overcoming their differences and releasing that eponymous LP, Moderat have been steadily releasing music culminating in III, which exists as a record of a group whose whole is greater than the sum of the parts: in short these are the sounds of a band in its own right. Opening track,
Eating Hooks, is a very pleasing work of minimal electro-pop that has a nuance and quality that isn’t adequately conveyed by that description. And in many ways that ineffability extends to the entire album, with III being focussed more on mood and atmospherics than on hooks and dancefloor anthems, and familiar elements are combined, not so much in unexpected ways, but with such subtle twists and artistry as to become new again.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 14th April 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.