Dichotomy Desaturated (In The Red)

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CFM, the project of LA-based shredder Charles Moothart, best known as a member of Fuzzand Ty Segall’s band, will release Dichotomy Desaturated via In The Red on April 7th. CFM’s second solo album is a swirling collection of songs that captures a variety of sonic moods – raucous, pastoral, pensive, while retaining an indelible melodic punch.  This is exemplified with lead single, “Rise and Fall,” a song about the constant battles fought physically and mentally every day and the cyclical battle against the clock, reality and dreams, and our own ego.


The Laguna Beach-raised Moothart first picked up a guitar at 12 years old and got behind the drum kit for the Moonhearts at the age of 16 with fellow Cali six-string ripper Mikal Cronin. Since then, the 27-year-old journeyman has become a fixture in the West Coast community; he’s logged oodles of studio and stage time with Cronin and Ty Segall—both on his solo albums and as part of the aforementioned, ultra- heavy supergroup Fuzz, the latter experience driving him to make music on his own. Dichotomy Desaturated marks the first time Moothart’s written songs for the specific purpose of compiling them onto an album. While writing and recording, he was careful not to fall into the trap of making music that, in his words, “Might as well just be a Fuzz song.”


“There’s a lot of stuff on this record that’s extremely out of my comfort zone, but that’s what I’ve come to enjoy in music,” Moothart states, citing influences ranging from Black Sabbath, the Stooges’ Fun House, the Grateful Dead, folk-rocker Fred Neil, and British proto-rockers the Groundhogs. “The whole record is a constant push and pull where I’m at with my life and with music—coming to terms with the fact that all I want to do is push myself, but it becomes scary.” That push and pull—which extends to changes in Moothart’s personal life, including a move to Los Angeles—is reflected in the changing dynamics of Dichotomy Desaturated, as it embraces relative quiet alongside hard-charging riffs and bursts of incendiary color. Fear not, though: there’s plenty of face-exploding moments on Dichotomy Desaturated as well, a sense of mischief that is nonetheless serious as all hell.