Troubled Genius EP

by Mark Moldre

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4 track EP released as a precursor to The Waiting Room. Download contains hidden bonus track.

Doubtful Sounds Review
"Sydney’s Mark Moldre has been working on releasing a solo album for a while and the song Troubled Genius is the first glimpse of what will appear on the upcoming album The Waiting Room.

Accompanying the song on this EP are three other tracks that represent various angles to Moldre’s songwriting, all with lush instrumentation and a great production sound.

The immediate vocal association on title track is with Mark Everett from The Eels as Moldre huskily sings about a demise apparently inspired by the Phil Spector trial. The arrangement on the song is undeniably impressive with strings and a hazy, dreamlike quality to the way it grows, shimmers and sways.

‘The Songs That I’d Forgotten’ is an acoustic jaunt with a folk leaning that wouldn’t be out of place alongside Mercury Rev or The Felice Brothers. He has the knack of delivering a patient and infectious vocal melody over his music that provides a settled and well paced mood.

‘Hushabye Mountain’ appeared in the film Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang and it is Moldre doing his best Tom Waits take on the song. It creaks and rolls along like a drunken oompah band and with subtler singing and ghostly whistling it works gloriously; like a sepia-tinged afterthought.

The final track, ‘Milkwood Moon’, contains some wonderfully delicate guitar and piano touches and is the most beautiful moment on the EP. Reminiscent of some of Jamie Hutchings solo work (he has contributed vocals and slide guitar to The Waiting Room), it shows an open and honest approach to recording, allowing the space and air to fill the song as much as the notes being produced. Not a million miles from the more desolate moments of Ryan Adams it is the highlight of the EP.

If Moldre is content to let these songs appear on a precursor EP then the forthcoming album will no doubt be a fine release from this fast maturing songwriter."


released November 15, 2009

All songs written by Mark Moldre, except Hushabye Mountain, taken from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Soundtrack written by Sherman/Sherman.

Tracks 1 and 2 Produced by Michael Carpenter, TimEbandit Powles and Mark Moldre and mixed by TimEbandit Powles at Spacejunk. Tracks 3 and 4 produced by Michael Carpenter and Mark Moldre and mixed by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz. Recorded 08/09 at Love Hz. Engineered By Michael Carpenter. Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound.

Mark Moldre: Vocals, Guitars, Whistling, Banjo on Hushabye, Wurlitzer on Genius, Garage Doors and Brooms on Songs Forgotten.
Adam Lang: Banjo and Lap Slide
Scott Hutchings: Drums on Genius and Songs Forgotten
Reuben Wills: Bass on Genius and Songs Forgotten
Sophie Hutchings: Wurlitzer on Genius
Michael Carpenter: Upright Piano, Samples on Genius, Drums and Mellotron on Hushabye
timEbandit Powles: Drum Samples and String arrangement on Genius
Sophie Glasson: Cello

Troubled Genius:

Hushabye Mountain (Live):



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Mark Moldre Sydney, Australia

From the ashes of Hitchcock's Regret, Mark Moldre recorded his first solo album The Waiting Room. Midnight Oil's, Rob Hirst, had this to say: “A beautifully produced album of melancholic melodies; sad, grand, scary. The Waiting Room is a collection of songs handcrafted by a musician who's lived a lot, seen much, and has written it all down,for his own benefit, and ours. One to keep. 4 stars" ... more

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