Lo Moon

(source: buzzbands.la)

Title: Lo Moon, “Loveless”

Author: Anthony Gin

 

Crosses in the distance bells ring fast

Loveless in our shelter time will pass

Would you take a chance on us?

Could you take a chance on us?

Yes, Lo Moon I will take a chance on you. Hauntingly cadenced melodies with vocals that edge on the verge of, but never cross the line into, emotional cloy, LA-Trio Lo Moon’s new single, Loveless, instantly entrances. Loveless tugs on nostalgic heartstrings without making me feel like I’m two fingers too deep into a pit of sorrow. The soundscape has been compared with Sigur Ros, but the ethereal texture has been supplemented by the rhythmic minimalism of the xx.  Bruce Warren of WXPN describes the single best as a “stop-you-in-your tracks kind of song…[with] a big sound that’s as intimate as it is anthemic.”[1]  It’s no small feat for a band to create a seven-minute single that leaves the ears wanting.

  Lo Moon consists of Matt Lowell (vocals/guitar/keyboard), Cristana Baker (guitar/bass/backing vocals) and lead guitarist Samuel Stewart. The first lines of the band’s seven-minute track are caressed by Lowell’s longing vocals, but the real hit is when his voice intertwines with the angelic backing of Cristana Baker. Baker’s voice is simultaneously subtle and all-encompassing; it creeps unnoticed - deliberately filling the void with a slow shimmer until it lifts you in a cocoon of bright harmony and takes you away. Stop, you’re making me feel things.             

Lo Moon consists of Matt Lowell (vocals/guitar/keyboard), Cristana Baker (guitar/bass/backing vocals) and lead guitarist Samuel Stewart. The first lines of the band’s seven-minute track are caressed by Lowell’s longing vocals, but the real hit is when his voice intertwines with the angelic backing of Cristana Baker. Baker’s voice is simultaneously subtle and all-encompassing; it creeps unnoticed - deliberately filling the void with a slow shimmer until it lifts you in a cocoon of bright harmony and takes you away. Stop, you’re making me feel things.

 

 

 

 

  I had the opportunity to see the band play this past Tuesday at the Belasco Theater in Downtown LA and I’m excited for what’s to come. Loveless is just a taste, and their upcoming 2017 work on Columbia Records has been produced in part by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab for Cutie). The album is not the band’s first go-round. Its members have had previous projects, but it seems they’ve found something special here. Last month, Walla    praised    the new album via Twitter calling it the “soundtrack to [his] year.”     The band has been playing local shows all over LA. While they’ve just left on a two-show journey to the East Coast, they will be coming back to play the    Rickshaw Stop (SF)    on November 28th and    Bootleg Theater (LA)    on November 29th. Check out the song and the accompanying visuals in the video below or on Spotify. As Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands says in his    Ears Wide Open column   , “lose yourself for a few minutes.”       

I had the opportunity to see the band play this past Tuesday at the Belasco Theater in Downtown LA and I’m excited for what’s to come. Loveless is just a taste, and their upcoming 2017 work on Columbia Records has been produced in part by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab for Cutie). The album is not the band’s first go-round. Its members have had previous projects, but it seems they’ve found something special here. Last month, Walla praised the new album via Twitter calling it the “soundtrack to [his] year.”

The band has been playing local shows all over LA. While they’ve just left on a two-show journey to the East Coast, they will be coming back to play the Rickshaw Stop (SF) on November 28th and Bootleg Theater (LA) on November 29th. Check out the song and the accompanying visuals in the video below or on Spotify. As Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands says in his Ears Wide Open column, “lose yourself for a few minutes.”

 

 

[1] Source: Lo Moon, ‘Loveless,’ Bruce Warren - WXPN, NPR available at http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/09/24/495008563/heavy-rotation-10-songs-public-radio-cant-stop-playing