Arthur Moon Crafts An Ethereal Debut EP
Ethereal has become a favorite word of mine. Throw it in a sentence and you’ll catch my attention. Arthur Moon acts on my word choice, but instead of soliciting me with vocabulary, they bring out an enchanting debut EP. Our Head comes off as minimalist, but the overall feeling leaves you feeling euphoric off this musical high.
“Room” is a haunting start to this four track mini-album, but it sets off the introductions for the various instruments heard. The last minute transitions from a brooding mood into rock-infused session, complete with strings being plucked that are reminiscent of various world music. “Wind Up” features Lora-Faye providing angelic vocals alongside quotes from Ivan Illich. The singer’s statement to Stereogum reveal the lyrics detail a bittersweet story, one that tells of an injured bird being nursed back to health but having her body gradually replaced by mechanical parts until it’s no longer an organic creature, essentially being a wind-up toy.
The second half of the EP starts with a rhythm beat, with jazzy vocals from Lora-Faye. Midway through “Bold Affair,” the musicians come together for an erratic display of their talents, easily become one of my favorites. As a bookend piece, “Boxing” feels a bit solemn as this six minute track closes out, ranging from a luxurious intro to a jam packed session and then back again into a soothing sound. The lyrics may at times feel honest and heartfelt about nonreciprocal romance, but it stings deep to the soul. Our Head is true to its name, diving deep into what the mind may have in question and this Brooklyn sextet have come up with a perfect solution.
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