EP Review: Mood Organ – Slightseeing

Slightseeing is the debut EP from Leeds-based psychedelic rock four-piece Mood Organ.  

By Graeme Smith

Mood Organ have an interesting mix of influences – Pink Floyd, Tame Impala, Daft Punk and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – so it only seems suitable that their music is eclectic. Adopting and adapting classic psychedelic rock, they marry the sound with lyrics that explore life in 2021.

Case in point: album opener Brain Tourist which takes on the hefty topic of the anxiety related to news of impending planetary doom. The lyrics are well-observed and delivered through textured sung and spoken vocals.

Track two Life As A Horse is wonderfully surreal, exploring single parenthood from the perspective of a horse. The Pink Floyd influences are definitely there, and some of the lyrics could be straight out of Syd Barrett’s songbook. And it doesn’t stop there. The next track Melanie tells the tale of a crazy bean lady, accompanied by meandering blues rock.

And how do you follow that? With disco of course. Hypnosis is a slow jam about illusionist and hypnotist Derren Brown because why not? Musically, it expertly combines acoustic and electronic elements not seen since Arcade Fire released their album Reflecktor. It’s an EP highlight.

The EP comes to a close with Affirmation, the most out-there track on a EP full of out-there tracks. Over six minutes long, it sees Mood Organ fully relax into their psychedelic style and the lyrics are refreshingly concise.

I’m so glad to have discovered Mood Organ. They’re definitely up there as one of my top discoveries this year and the fact that they’re local is the cherry on top of their wonderfully weird music cake. They’re early in their career but if they stick to their guns and keep putting out music like this I think they’ll definitely find an audience.

If you’re in the area, be sure to catch them at Eiger Studios in Leeds on Sunday 5 September. They’ll be performing the EP in full. Don’t miss it – it could well be a “I was there” moment when this young band are playing arenas.

Check out Slightseeing below.