Moaning

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Moaning

Moaning

Moaning by Moaning

Release Date: Mar 2, 2018
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

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Moaning - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

The debut full-length by Los Angeles trio Moaning is an alarmingly focused set of tense, bitter post-punk tunes born from years of busted relationships and emotional distress. The group juggle between caustic, angular blasts and more aired-out shoegaze numbers, but each and every one of their songs are direct and to the point, never wasting a moment or a word. The lyrics, delivered by frontman Sean Solomon, probe deep questions and sling sharp arrows, constantly trying to get to the bottom of relationship problems, but coming up with nothing but indignation.

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Exclaim - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Fans of post-punk may find themselves revisiting Moaning's debut more frequently than new tracks by established artists (Soft Moon, Preoccupations, APTBS). Dark and dreamy coalesce here, as retro romanticism meets mathy noise and shimmery shoegaze. Influenced by New Order, Broadcast, and Slowdive, fuzzy feedback and starry synths pervade. Producer Alex Newport (Bloc Party, At the Drive-In) is an ideal fit for Moaning's mission.

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The Line of Best Fit - 65
Based on rating 6.5/10
65

Cutting their teeth in the City of Angels' DIY music scene, Moaning sound like a band born from a serious grind. The trio, comprised of Sean Solomon (guitar, vocals), Pascal Stevenson (bass), and Andrew MacKelvie (drums), create music that's dense and heavy, sitting in the air and fuzzing for the ….

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