MOONYEAN (ENABLING WORKS)
In 1994, after the "Hell's Kitchen Park" album and "Mother & Son" 7" ep had come out, a semi-sequel to the latter was released by Table of the Elements in the form of a 7-inch ep called "The Five Points".
The record told a short story of a New York City slum of that name, which counted the city's most mortalities in the year 1857, of which most were Irish children under six years of age.
The ep featured one track that was given the ambiguous name "Moonyean". There was a movie from 1932 that was based on a theatre play from 1919, in which the ghost of an Irish-American woman appeared in a garden.
That ghost was "Moonyean", and Loren named his next album after her. This suite of thirteen individually untitled tracks was originally released on cd by "Roadcone" in 1994.
For the re-release on 180 gr vinyl the original artwork including Suzanne Langille's picture on the cover front has been upgraded, but the title is all that remains clear about the theme, still leaving its content up to one's imagination.
Though ever equipped with the same tools of his trade, Loren managed to come up with a different sound on every album that is re-released by Enabling Works.
"Moonyean" for the most part is probably the most gentle of all, due to its source of inspiration.
It carries a number of warm and fuzzy tracks typical for the album, in which notes just melt on the tongue.
But the album also has the right dose of the contrasting chucks of distorted experimental blues riffs, ever so intense.
Loren may have found his way to express himself through the different pickup positions on his guitar as well as external effects, but his character guiding his soft artistic hands over the strings leaves the sound of one man and his guitar unequalled, as his state of mind decides the color of a recording.
Along with the tape hiss, environmental sounds and acoustics, and Loren's occasional distant moaning, a suite of tracks as designed in perfect order makes "Moonyean" another beautiful piece of timeless and earthly sound art.
For its completion, Suzanne Langille hums a few lines on one of the tracks adding her value, bringing in an element of peace, maybe playing the role of "Moonyean".
Even though it is not clear what Loren is saying exactly with the untitled tracks on the album, it is certain there is pureness and truth in it.
Maybe one day, a thousand years from now, when men have evolved into more sensible beings, "Moonyean" will frequently be heard on national radio all over the world and people will understand what this one man meant all along.