Two Headed Emperor And Alessandro Monti – We’re Not On The Moon Yet!
This masterwork is a collaboration between British Progressive/Artrock band Two Headed Emperor and Venetian Indie artist Alessandro Monti. Although the kitchen sink is not present on these recordings, I am pleased to inform you that Peter Ashby’s washing machine on spin is. The broad array of natural sounds, musical instruments and goodness knows what else on this album is mind boggling, fronted as ever by the thought provoking and amazing vocals of Barry Lamb. Listening to this three pronged collaboration of a band is like discovering Neptune’s trident on the moon. A fish out of water as it were but perfectly placed in a dreamlike landscape.
The CD artwork reminds me of the covers of the mid 20th Century Astounding Stories Magazines which is indeed
apt as there are so many astounding sounds on this work of art. This is a double CD helping of challenging, yet heart warming ambience, grooves and sonic explorations. This kind of thing is food for the soul as far as I am concerned. It is a departure from the previous Two Headed Emperor albums and yet it is still very much connected by a silver
compositional chord to the poetically astral progressive music that this band creates; Otherworldly, imaginative, inventive, determined, and a treat for the ears. There are many beautiful and intriguing moments and the conjuring of lyrical imagery on wonderful songs like "Nameless Souls", a thing of beauty and an essential addition to your
music collection if you like real music.
This is new and follows no fads, something so sadly lacking in a lot of such derivative, rehashed musical output these days. We’re Not On The Moon Yet! is truly a breath of fresh air, art for art’s sake with the best of intentions. Like a voyage of discovery, this album opens up the more you hear it. Like so much of Two Headed Emperor’s work, the more you hear this album, the more you hear in it. Excellent production and guitar work from Peter Ashby, this music doesn’t have a category, it just is. Originality is the key word here. These three musicians work so very
well together, creating a superbly atmospheric sound and I eagerly await their next release.
Tim Jones – June 2023