Moonlow presents “apocalyptic noise poetry," and if that particular combination of descriptors wasn't what you were expecting to encounter today, join the club. This one-person artist in question writes music for fans of Current 93, Laurie Anderson, Crowhurst, A Forest of Stars, and Brian Eno--which, frankly, is an odd enough roster that an actual template isn't exactly apparent. The instrumentation is equal parts harsh and tranquil--a peaceful mediation routinely and unexpectedly beset by paralysis demons. The lyrics are spoken, whispered, and guttural fried with alternately tranquil and chaotic abandon. It's ritualistic, and enchanting, and....kind of scary. In a word: this is delightfully weird stuff.
Moonlow is the veritable poster-child of musical invention. Who Are You? is a strange and grand album, and "Day 3 (You Diminish Me)" is a prime representation of what lurks within. As such, the track before ye--and Who Are You? as a whole--is a wholly indescribable experience. Without further ado, then: listen for yourself!
If you follow our (admittedly sporadic) track premieres here at the Sleeping Village, you may have noticed that we tend to gravitate towards music that deliberately strives to break boundaries and eschew genre convention. On one level, music that is new and refreshing is, well, just that--and, thus, quite fun to write about. On another level, however, giving a little attention to forward-thinking artists is the very least we can do when it comes to supporting continued evolution and growth. Tracks like "Day 3 (You Diminish Me)" seemingly define this quest, and are always a pleasure to encounter.
Experimentation is all-too-oft an excuse to create music that breaks expectations...but the mere application of experimentation doesn't necessarily imply substance. Moonlow, in contract, feels like a sincere combination of both qualities. This music is concretely grounded, yet simultaneously ethereal and unexpected. As a result, "Day 3 (You Diminish Me)" feels new. That, in and of itself, is quite exciting.
Moonlow - Who Are You? will be released Oct. 16th from Trepanation Recordings
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