“Also the work of one man, this time Jakob Rehlinger, “River Ghosts” is a wholly enchanting album recorded under the name of Moonwood. Featuring such instruments as Bamboo Flute, Gongs, Ekatantri and percussion, along side the more obvious Guitar and bass, there is an eastern feel to the ten tracks on show here, something that is highlighted by a rich warm production. After a brief opening track, that sets the scene, The album gets into its stride with the quite magnificent “Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society”, a gorgeous slow moving piece, filled with drone and percussion, over which a Gourd Flute blows ever so sweetly, all you have to do is close your eyes. With tinkling bells and jangling percussion, “Bamboo Whiskey” is another brief aural delight, whilst “Drawing Water From a Poisoned Well” utilises a bowed guitar in its quest for sonic perfection, the piece containing some hypnotic guitar work. On side two the wonder continues, with for more long tracks in the same style, with the excellent “cholera in the Time of Love” being the pick of the bunch for me, whilst side closer “Blood Red Riverbanks” gets the silver medal for its epic grandeur. Taken as a whole, this is a sprawling and sumptuous treat that will carry you away to distant lands.” ~ Stephen Palmer, Terrascope.co.uk
Coal Aberrations got an exceptionally splendid review in Terrascope‘s November Rumblings.
“Moonwood (not to be mistaken with Moonweed – he who used to tickle synths for Gong and who currently does the honours with Hawkwind) is an extended project of one Jakob Rehlinger aka Babel. “Coal Aberrations” (Arachnidiscs Recordings) features an international group of musicians on instruments ranging form rudimentary percussion through to cello and all manner of gizmos in between, The result is a heady and highly effective mixture of brooding, ambient minimalism, incantations, dirge and avant-drone music underpinned by a loose acid folk template. The improvised results are a simple yet powerful, not to mention wholly satisfying, collection of post-psychedelic and experimental pieces – 17 of them in fact over almost 70 transcendent and uplifting minutes and where the song titles are almost as evocative as the music (“The First Good Hangover of Spring”, “Desert Dusk Cactus Cult”, “I Rarely Leave This Apartment”). This is truly esoteric music for the mind and body and carries a definite seal of approval.”