|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||progressive rock canterbury canterbury scene psychedelic jazz rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Wikipedia|
Matching Mole was formed by Robert Wyatt (Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945, Bristol, England) after he left Soft Machine in 1971. The name was conceived by a brilliant twist, by using a French translation of the name Soft Machine (La Machine Molle). He recruited David Sinclair (keyboards, ex-Caravan), Phil Miller (guitar, ex-Delivery) and Bill McCormick (bass, ex-Quiet Sun) to complete the line-up. Having secured a contract with CBS Records, the band embarked on recording sessions for their debut album, but soon lost the services of Sinclair. Dave MacRae (b. 2 April 1940, Auckland, New Zealand) was recruited as his replacement in time to complete the sessions. The result was the bands self-titled 1972 debut. Those already converted to Wyatts esoteric and innovative musical ambitions were not disappointed. Two of the best tracks, O Caroline and Signed Curtain were combined on a single, though for obvious reasons the...