Posts Tagged Moonbabies

NEW MUSIC: Stefan Pruett; Moonbabies: Twin River

Stefan Pruett, “Carefree”

mega-dose of 80s pop with revised Lightning Seeds “Pure” beats to open this track. Pruett’s darker crooning anchors the song. Pruett labels his music “dark wave pajama pop” which suits this uplifting, carefully layered song that sounds like a mash-up of alternative 80s pop bands like New Order and Pulp with current alternative pop rock bands Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums and Fun.

Pruett likes to mix fun and darkness in his music. He said: “I think of my music as a sleepover when you were a kid. There’s a purity and effervescence to that get together with your friends. It’s a slumber party. It’s fun. That’s the pop side. But it’s at night, which to a kid is scary in and of itself. But there are also the secrets you tell, and stuff you do that might be a little titillating, a little dangerous, but seductive. That’s the tinge of darkness that creeps in.”

Moonbabies, “Pink Heart Mother”

love this Swedish husband wife duo, Ola Frick and Carina Johansson Frick and its dreamy electro-pop and feminism. Wizards on the Beach due out April 28.

Twin River, “Bend to Break”

fuzzy, exuberant rock from the Vancouver band with Courtney Ewan Bromley’s raspy vocals propelling the garage band sound. Formed in 2009, Twin River is: singer-songwriter Courtney Ewan Bromley; guitarist Andy Bishop (White Ash Falls); guitarist Malcolm Jack (Capitol 6, ex-Sun Wizard); singer-keyboardist Rebecca Law Gray and drummer Dustin John Bromley (Pleasure Cruise, Keep Tidy).

“This might sound pretty cheesy,” Ewan Bromley says, “but I think it was a case of growing up and not wanting to write sad music. I don’t really listen to a lot of slow, sad stuff anymore. It’s more fun to play in a synth-y rock band, and more fun to listen to.”

Twin River’s debut album Should The Light Go Out out now.

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NEW MUSIC: Yaarrohs; The Maytags; Moonbabies

Yaarrohs, “Wrestle”

ethereal prettiness. just the kind of electronic music I adore. dreamy. dark. mesmerizing energy. debut EP, Flesh & Blood out now. purchase at Amazon: Flesh & Blood

The Maytags, “Anthem”

The Maytags must be a lot of fun live. grooving, grinding, rootsy and swanky. The Des Moines, Iowa soul band–led by Dustin Smith who studied and played jazz in New York– has an EP NOVA out now.

Moonbabies, “The Ocean Kill”

boy-girl vocals and synthpop never sounded so good. a little bit 80s and retro, a little bit atmospheric and futuristic. definitely dreamy and luscious. Moonbabies upcoming album will be released in late spring 2015.

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NEW MUSIC: Moonbabies; Dads; Aiden Young; Tiny Moving Parts

Moonbabies, “Raindrops”

–dreamy pop by Swedish husband and wife duo, Carina Johansson Frick and Ola Frick. just wonderful with layers of joy and spirit.

Dads, “I’ll Be the Tornado”

–reminiscent of Sonic Youth and The Replacements, New Jersey alt-rockers Dads have a new album out–I’ll Be the Tornado[6131 Records]– and are on tour. Recorded by Neil Strauch (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Iron & Wine, Owen) at MinBal Studio in Chicago, IL and mastered by Carl Saff (Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices, Speedy Ortiz) which explains the retro-cool sound.


10/20 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall *
10/22 Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
10/23 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
10/24 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
10/25 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
10/26 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
10/27 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
10/29-10/30 Ybor City, FL @ Pre-Fest *
10/31-11/02 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest *
11/03 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs +
11/04 Austin, TX @ Mohawk +
11/05 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey +
11/07 Tucson, AZ @ Gary’s Place +
11/08 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live +
11/10 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction +
11/11 Los Angeles, CA @ EchoPlex +
11/12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill +
11/14 Portland, OR @ Slabtown +
11/15 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project +
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court +

* Dads, Tiny Moving Parts, Nai Harvest
+ Dads, Tiny Moving Parts, Choir Vandals

Dads touring with Tiny Moving Parts.

Tiny Moving Parts, “Entrances and Exits”

–the Minn. band launched mini versions of themselves into space for the song’s extremely cool video. Pleasant Living [Triple Crown Records] is out now.

“We sent three bobble heads replicas of ourselves into space using a 600 gram weather balloon,” explains singer/guitarist Dylan Matthiesen of Tiny Moving Parts. “The 2 hour flight was captured by a GoPro camera enclosed in a styrofoam cooler alongside a GPS tracker and a stack of heat packs to help brave the -60 degree F (-15 C) temperatures. The spacecraft reached a height of over 80,000 ft (24,384 meters), capturing the Earth’s curve and the beauty of a world just beyond our grasp.”

Aiden Jude, “Words” ft Lilly Anne Merat

–NYC DJ/producer Aiden Jude uses luscious trance-beats to bolster the gorgeous lyrics by Lilly Anne Merat. the stand-out on this track is Lilly’s strong yet alluring vocals.

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