Moon Of Ostara: The Star Child

Solo flight from the Earthling Society lynchpin.

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Setting sail for uncharted spaces in the mid-to- late 60s, the first krautrock and kosmische pioneers harnessed sci-fi screeds, effects-laden technology and chemically-enhanced bursts of dazzling imagination. Ripples from those intrepid impulses are still keenly felt by legions of knob-twiddling musical cosmonauts, including Earthling Society’s Fred Laird. His love of that period is loudly and proudly referenced here as he dons his Moon Of Ostara alter-ego for the first time.

Wreathed in mystic cosmology, this continuous instrumental four-part suite is replete with an electronic aviary of twitterings, whoops, forlorn calls, and echoes of gothic Mellotron, underpinned by drummer Jon Blacow’s trancey ruminations.

The breezy Part 3 is the exception – a brisk run at a kind of post-punk pop, pushing away from the woozy, slo-mo cascade and tumble of the rest of the album, which is ultimately a likable but somewhat pedestrian set.

The krautrockers of yore looked forward, with no real interest in what had gone before. Arguably Laird’s work suffers from him having slavishly followed a well-trodden path, rather than setting out for new frontiers of his own.

Sid Smith

Sid's feature articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Prog, Classic Rock, Record Collector, Q, Mojo and Uncut. A full-time freelance writer with hundreds of sleevenotes and essays for both indie and major record labels to his credit, his book, In The Court Of King Crimson, an acclaimed biography of King Crimson, was substantially revised and expanded in 2019 to coincide with the band’s 50th Anniversary. Alongside appearances on radio and TV, he has lectured on jazz and progressive music in the UK and Europe.  

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