Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Formed in 2010, the Chicago-based trio (David Azizinamini – guitars and vocals; Chris Schneberger – drums; Chris Shen – bass) conjure up sonic references to Sunny Day Real Estate, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree and Rush on Extinction, their third full-length studio album, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Noam Wallenberg at Rax Trax Studios.

Opening with a mix of amplifier effects and exploding into a heavy, throttling riff, “There’s Light Here” has a Sonic Youth-ness about it, albeit more structured and tuneful with some very Geddy Lee (!) sounding vocals (see?); “Revolutions” is much more sedate and tempered with clean and atmospheric guitars and melodic lines in lockstep between the bass and guitar while being driven by a tight tempo; “Siberian” follows in the same vein, with a textured, cascading guitar and a taut shuffle on the rhythm section – you can feel the tension building through the track.  “Free” is a river of melody; soft and arranged in major chords, giving it an uplifting emotional feel and “Hidden Find” is, to this writer, the album’s high point – a very early ’80’s-inspired piece with delayed/echoe-y guitars, a treble-up bass and a warm, embracing and impassioned vocal delivery.

In another moment of “getting out of the comfort zone”, it’s heartening to know that a band of this caliber is out there – to make me sit up and take notice.  This is one of those occasions to now work my way backwards and investigate Moon’s catalog further.


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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