by Mae Moore


So great lyrics, soothing melodies and subtly crafted production can only take a girl so far, right? Well, add those elements like sweet scents into the solution that Mae Moore has brewed upon bohemia and you will soon learn that those qualities can take a truly individualistic gal a hell of a lot further than the outskirts of her Canadian home.

The title track, "bohemia," is only one of the eloquent pieces on this release, which was entirely produced by The Church's Steve Kilbey. It has an exotic style all Mae's own, as she saunters along, blending her rhythmic conversing with the emphatic singing of her breathy, angelic voice. The result is offbeat, and enticing - it becomes more irresistible with each listen.

Thoughtful touches such as the strains of a muted trumpet on the astonishing cut "Pieces Of Clay," underscore Mae's seductive, folky voice. The complete album is a rare and precious companion for the non-conformist bohemian in all of us. Check your personal schedule and heed Mae's words from the focal-point title track: "Closer than I've ever been/To being alive/since I've arrived/in bohemia."

We've been listening to Mae Moore's Bohemia for the past three months, since a Canadian import package sneaked through enemy lines. Immediately we found the opening "rap"/spoken word title track a delight, a soothing and hook-laden adult pleaser. Produced by Steve Kilbey of the Church, Mae inherits some of Kilbey's surrealistic methodology, giving the music and voice an airy balance. Clutching her Dali, Mae digs in acoustically, distinguishing herself from the crowded mass of female troubadours by collaborating with a stable of strange Australian musicians. Recorded in "New South Wales" (Sydney) and mixed in her hometown of Vancouver, Bohemia maintains a modem sheen, especially on "Because Of Love," with its New Orderish bass. Nice drift.