Followers of Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin will be familiar with the contributions Charles Mootheart has made to a number of their records, not least on the two Fuzz albums with Segall, as well as on tour.
As CFM Mootheart has stepped out on his own with debut solo album Dichotomy Desaturated, a definite grower if ever there was one. Fans of the aforementioned big guns will have a preconceived notion of what to expect from the ten songs herein and in the main you'll get what you expect.
Which isn't to say that this is Segall-/Cronin-lite. Mooseheart's vocals, for one thing, sound very much like his own, rather than anyone he may be influenced by in any way. For another thing his guitar playing is rather more challenging than on those records in which he's participated to back up others.
Opening track 'Dichotomy' begins things slowly but from 'Pinch The Dream' onwards we're in a world of whammy bar use, pastoral passages, solid riffing and serious rocking out which deserves the full use of the volume on whatever device you're playing the thing on.
Repeated listens deliver new favourite elements. I'll admit to initially being underwhelmed by my first listen but, you go away, let a couple of days pass and then come back to it and things change for the better. Even groovy sixth track 'Voyeurs' can be seen in a new light (think of a less doomy, slow Black Sabbath number).
Mootheart has a great legacy already as a sidekick and band member & he can now deservedly add to that with Dichotomy Desaturated as a performer in his own right. As CFM he's successfully distilled his influences and collaborations into a body of work wholly his own and as exciting as the best debut albums should be.