Given the intensity of the summer weather here at the Sleeping Village as of late--tornados, blistering heat, and monsoon-like thunderstorms--a little reminder of winter's chill feels pretty refreshing. Enter, then, the appropriately entitled "January Moon," the forthcoming standalone single from Chicago's own alt-gothic Mordian.
This track--and the Mordian catalog as a whole, which includes 2019's Romance In Disguise EP--is a little gothic, a little alternative, and a whole lot ethereal. Balancing seemingly disparate elements with grace and precision, Mordian allows quieter moments ample room the breathe, while still delivering the oomph we metalheads crave.
Without further ado: give "January Moon," a listen below! As always, we'll meet ye on the other side.
At just shy of seven minutes, the track isn't particularly brief, but yet doesn't feel particularly lengthy either, by benefit of three distinct acts. The extended intro features crisply bright guitar and serene clean vocals--a languid lullaby that intrinsically recalls relaxation and comfort. It sounds positive and triumphant in an understated way, and, in seemingly effortless fashion, lulls the listener in. This aesthetic is eventually bulldozed, however, by significantly heavier fare. Polished melodeath-esque guitar, rolling drums, and the subtle inclusion of harsh vocals tastefully rant and rave for a moment, lending the track the aggression and sheer heft to unquestionably qualify it for play here in our humble halls. This more metallic moment fades out, opening back up into acoustic strains, accompanied by a sing-song spoken word passage. "January Moon" is a classic bookended affair in terms of construction, and for those looking for a little levity injected into their metal, this will undoubtedly itch that particular scratch.
In regards to this track, Mordian states: "'January Moon' is in part written for someone I was once close to; it comes from different perspectives, and was very therapeutic to write. It is my hope that you will join me on the emotional journey through this song. Thank you for taking the time to listen and share my music!"
Mordian - January Moon will be released July 2nd, 2021. In the meantime: pre-order here!
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