Since landing on earth The Moons have been dipping their toes into the indie, 60’s, popular guitar band genre building their reputation around nifty 3 minutes ditties whilst looking the dapper part in whistle and flutes. Their latest long player entitled Pocket Melodies released via Colorama Records on October 23rd CD, LP and download sees the band enthusiastically continue on their quest to become experts of their
The opening track Today is a wonderful daydream pop classic. Originally released via Crofts and Gordelier side project with rest of the members from the Paul Weller live band line up entitled The Songbook Collective, the track would not be out of place on Something Else by The Kinks, it has that dreamy, idyllic harmonies and some sharp twinkling of the ivories with a picturesque lyrics that take your mind away from the normal into meadows and fields of wonder and excitement.
The rest of the album follows in a similar vein, Riding Man has an exciting Love The One Your With vibe with 70’s Manfred Mann harmonies; Old Brigade has acoustic charging Dead End Street similarities, Far Away gallops into view with some shuffling drums setting the pace of this loveable lyrically catchy tune; Maybe I’m The Perfect Man For You has similarities to The Beatles with a descending, revolving Rickenbacker guitar lick straight out of the top draw.
My favourite track on the album is Lone Wolf which mixes what sounds like a full on orchestra with BBC Tomorrows World moog whilst sounding like a distant cousin to the Super Furries It’s Not The End Of The World, an absolute cracker. There’s also time for a co-written track with Paul Weller entitled Tunnel Of Time, but overall the moment belongs to The Moons. A pastoral release with hints towards folk, pop, library and blues, the sort of release that will fit neatly into any lover of The Beatles, The Kinks and the Jam.
Pocket Melodies can be pre ordered via the following link