Release Date: Feb 23, 2018
Record label: Columbia
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Dream Pop, Ambient Pop
Staring at the moon, I'd pull it down to you. Lo Moon burns with a soft glow, like the embers of a flame on the precipice of dying out. It's awash in cool, electronic beats and refreshing waves of synth, but its heart - rooted unflinchingly in rock - refuses to be suffocated, letting a single flame slip through the cracks every few minutes to remind us that there's an earthy substance beneath all of its elaborate posturing. Rolling drums and clashing guitars result in the most satisfying of crescendos, often sandwiched between addicting hooks and mesmerizing harmonies.
Melancholy atmospheres and hook-laden vocal harmonies are just part of Lo Moon's game, which they deliver flawlessly on their debut. The California-based trio first made their appearance on the scene in 2016 with the sprawling, seven-minute ballad "Loveless" Also featured here, it's not surprising that "Loveless" was chosen to introduce the group's sound. Composed of sorrowful yet hopeful chords carried with thudding bass and finger-clicking snare weaving throughout the mix, the track is punctuated by thundering drum rolls in its huge choruses, making for a perfect example of the band's overall feel.
Whatever you might think of Lo Moon's debut album, you can't accuse them of having rushed it out into the world. Despite the fact its producer - Chris Walla, formerly of Death Cab for Cutie - seemed to indicate on Twitter that it was already in the can early last year, it's taken until now for it to actually turn up. the band instead opting to put out just two singles in the whole of 2017.
Lo Moon is a Los Angeles-based band that possesses a haunting melancholy that pervades their debut record. With the help of stellar producers, including founding Death Cab for Cutie member Chris Walla, the band imbue a carefully put together sense of delicacy and anticipation from the album's first notes; single "This Is It" grows into a dramatic chorus before toning back down into a pensive groove. Meshing electronic, pop, and alternative influences, the group balance minimalism and grandiose instrumental flourishes, heard in tracks such as "The Right Thing.
In September 2016, there was the zeitgeist and there was Lo Moon's debut single "Loveless," a space about a billion light-years away where sophisti-pop and shoegaze snuck off for seven minutes of heaven. Suspiciously well-produced and promoted, "Loveless" was the only Lo Moon song in existence for nearly a year, during which it attracted the attention of Columbia Records, former Death Cab For Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla, festival bookers, and Coachella-core heavyweights MUNA and the Temper Trap. This phenomenon was dutifully documented, most thoroughly by NPR, which has published 20 pieces of Lo Moon content in the past six months.