Morpheus Project & Mustafa Khetty ‘Mozaick’ Album Review
‘Mozaick’ manages to produce an ever-captivating sense of atmosphere that consistently re-establishes its sound multiple times within it’s tracks, creating highly engaging pieces of expansive prog music that never allows itself to become monotonous.
With praise from Prog Magazine, Scala Radio and the BBC, Morpheus Project & Mustafa Khetty deliver a vivacious demonstration of prog music with their hotly anticipated debut album: ‘Mozaick’. Formed of top musicians from around the world, neoclassical composer Mustafa Khetty acts as a ‘Master of Ceremonies’, creating complex compositions that draw influences from an array of cultures including the Far East, South America, and even Ireland, forming a worldwide amalgamation of moods, emotions, rhythmic patterns and harmonic layers.
Refusing to ever sit too long in one specific genre, Morpheus Project & Mustafa Khetty manage to create ever-evolving soundscapes which merge traditional, prog rock sentiments with more experimental, sci-fi-esque instrumentation, resulting in a dynamic collection of songs that never seem to lose momentum. Interspersing powerful bursts of vocals between sprawling instrumental tracks, ‘Moziack’ carries a grandiose, atmospheric essence first displayed through album opener ‘Rage Before the Storm’, with its euphoric synths, enthralling guitar melodies and operatic vocal backing.
Combining delicate strings and vibrant guitar, following track ‘Shrill’ formally introduces the albums powerful leading vocals, as well as illustrates its wide ranging musical influences with jazz laced rhythms bringing the track to its finale. Elsewhere, “It’s Who We Are! Mozaick’ doubles down on the strong worldwide influence effortlessly fusing Eastern instrumentals alongside a driving funky bass, frenzied synth rhythms and lively samba drum patterns.
Album centrepiece and previously released single ’Tomorrow Never Comes’, instantly reels listeners in with its frenetic drums and thrashy guitar riffs, irrefutably aligning itself to classic rock sentiments, without losing the strong atmospheric appeal developed in the previous tracks. Elevated by highly emotive vocals and potent lyricism, Morpheus Project and Mustafa Khetty manage to effectively deliver a passionate message in the track, centering around the way in which humans are causing harm to the world around them.
‘Istanbul Swing’ provides the brightest sound on the album, driven by punchy drums alongside playful guitar riffs and funky bassline, while ‘Cry for Freedom’ carries ‘Mozaick’s’ greatest emotional delivery, bringing the album to a softer close with a return of the backing operatic vocals, as well as replacing the energetic guitar solos with delicate piano and string instrumentals.
‘Mozaick’ as a whole, manages to produce an ever-captivating sense of atmosphere that consistently re-establishes its sound multiple times within it’s tracks, creating highly engaging pieces of expansive prog music that never allows itself to become monotonous.