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Matching Mole

Between his departure from the Soft Machine and the proper beginning of his solo career, Robert Wyatt steered Matching Mole, an outfit which bore much similarity to his later work with Soft Machine. Indeed, the name Matching Mole was chosen as a subtle pun on Soft Machine (the sound of the English words "matching mole" are very similar to the French translation of "soft machine," machine molle). However, Matching Mole didn't measure up to either his best Soft Machine work or his best solo outings. Although Wyatt occasionally let his vocal charm and humor shine, in the main Matching Mole was an outlet for the improvisational talents of the band, which often veered from inspiration into dated fusionoid noodling.

The first lineup of Matching Mole also included former Caravan member Dave Sinclair on keyboards, Phil Miller on guitar, and Bill MacCormick. Wyatt wrote most of the material on the 1972 self-titled debut. By the follow-up, Little Red Record (also 1972), Sinclair had been replaced by David MacRae, and the group had become a more democratic enterprise, with all the members contributing material more or less equally. Robert Fripp produced the second LP, and Eno guested on synthesizer on one track, though neither celebrity dramatically affected or improved the band's sound. Never destined to be a commercial enterprise, Matching Mole had folded by the end of 1972; Wyatt began his lengthy solo career, and Phil Miller went on to two other Canterbury art rock bands, Hatfield & the North and National Health. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Doom!
jakeinator21 5
Its a shame they had to break up.
jakeinator21 5
This is my first experience with Matching Mole. I already enjoy it.
It's boring. Just an example of noise making being called music. Like traditional jazz.
Fun trivia, the name Matching Mole is u pun on the founders previous band. Machine Mole (I can't find the o umlaut character) is French for Soft Machine.
It's not a matter or relevancy, it's a matter of you either like or you don't. If you don't like press skip. I like it.
tlgilbert5
@bonzey -- preach it, brother! well said, man!
Hey Larry, all music is derivative. Influences happen from birth. You can't turn off your ears. No one lives in a vacuum. All music that has an audience is relevant... to it's audience. There is no quantifying taste. I like it and it is relevant to me. This isn't a sport, sport. It's music. A subjective experience, a physical and biochemical phenomenon that relies on perception to assimilate, and everyone's are different. But thanks for keeping score, ace!
never heard of the mole . thanks
His work is derivative, uninterestin g and the musicianship is mediocre at best. The questions is why do you care given his work wasn't relevant then nor is it now.
phalexandria n
I'm saddened by the use of the word "fusionoid" in the description. I think the last thing Matching Mole remind me of are the soul-less fusion doctors of either side of the Atlantic. Further, I do think it fair to refer to Robert's "later" Soft Machine work only because the four releases with Robert are so radically different from one another (okay, 3 & 4 show a certain continuity, Mike and Hugh having managed to limit Robert's contribution to just drumming). That said, I can't agree that the id
There was no "later work with Soft Machine" of Wyatt's after Matching Mole. The sentence claiming so in the Biography is nonsense.

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