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Moonchild - Please Rewind (CD, Tru Thoughts, 2015)

Always widening its musical horizons, Brighton label Tru Thoughs adds another band to its roster, this time coming from Los Angeles, a dreamy pop/jazz/R&B trio called Moonchild who'vealready self-released two albums, 'Be Free' in 2012 and 'Please Rewind' in 2014. The latter got picked by the english label, and reissued at the end of 2015. It's a marvelous morning music record, with angelic, floating poppy vocals over smoothed-down broken beat or downbeat snappin' soul, and elegant jazz chords.

Moonchild - Please Rewind
Moonchild - Please Rewind
(CD/Digital) Tru Thoughts TRUCD320, 2015-11-20

Tracklisting :
01. All The Joy 03:36
02. The Truth 03:39 video
03. Don't Wake Me 04:44
04. Nobody 03:52
05. More Than Ever 03:58
06. Just A Minute 02:58
07. Winter Breeze 03:54
08. I'll Make It Easy 04:15
09. Please Rewind (Interlude) 00:25
10. Moonlight 03:34

Links :
Moonchild : official | bandcamp | facebook | twitter | youtube
Tru Thoughts : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
Out 6th November (US) / 20th November (ROW), ‘Please Rewind’ is the debut album on Tru Thoughts from new signing Moonchild, following the release of lead single “The Truth” (out 9th October) they will be supporting The Internet (Odd Future’s Syd tha Kyd & Matt Martians) on their US/Canada fall tour. This LA based trio – whose early offerings have already gained approval from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, Robert Glasper, Laura Mvula, James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, Jose James, Tyler, The Creator, The Internet, Gilles Peterson (BBC 6 Music), WHUR-DC, KCRW and LA 102.3 – are excited to take their place on the roster and represent the label’s growing Californian contingent alongside fellow West Coast rising stars Lost Midas and The Seshen.

The name ‘Moonchild’ came about before the project had even started. “The three of us bonded one evening while star-gazing, so when it came to think of a name for the band, we knew that it was right.” Fast-forward three years of jamming together on the University of Southern California’s Jazz programme, and Moonchild have played some of the biggest Jazz festivals in America (Montreal, Capital, Art of Cool, Arizona, San Diego etc.), and gigged with prolific names from Stevie Wonder to Jill Scott to India.Arie.

Members Amber Navran (vocals, tenor, saxophone), Max Bryk (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, keyboards) and Andris Mattson (trumpet/flugelhorn, keyboards) explore new soul / jazz / electronic ground, and with a penchant for exquisite arrangement, they create textured and catchy riffs which will excite everyone from post-bop jazz lovers to contemporary neo-soul crowds.

‘Please Rewind’ ties together ten chilled out grooves which ooze soul-jazz rhythms, horns and sweltering, heart-filled vocals. Using soulful horn solos and vibrant key riffs and breaks, “Please Rewind” sounds like an arthouse film score to an unfolding LA love story, which seeps into your subconscious and out of your headphones.

“The album,” Amber says, “is inspired by nature and being in love;” opening track “All The Joy” is a breezy, innocent, neo-soul love song which sets a precedent for the record. Lead track “The Truth” moves into downtempo Dillaterritories with a hip hop-infused rhythm, soaring trumpet solos and arresting cosmic harmonics. In it, Amber sings about finding inner strength, and she affirms that “It’s about being stressed out about life but having people who love you to get you through.”

The group’s attention to strings, orchestral sounds and dense harmonies comes into play in “Nobody.” Full of emotion created through the gradual build-up of Navran’s voice, the addition of strings, Celeste, and French horn bring a richness to the track. “We loved the idea of making a lush orchestral track which you could escape within. We were listening to a lot of Laura Mvula at the time, then we added a string quartet, and a French horn - which is played by my sister,” said Amber. “More Than Ever” personifies feelings of love; guided along by seasonal transitions, it’s a string-filled ballad to open up to, while “Winter Breeze” evokes a similar effect as Amber beguilingly sings “I saw Autumn pass and Winter come upon his heart.”

“I’ll Make It Easy” sounds like how lemonade tastes served on a summers day; its funky lilt is topped off by an attention-grabbing sax lick designed to be savoured. “Moonlight” is the perfect orchestral outro, transporting you to an electronic field - filled with the sound of cosmic whistling, echoes and chirping cicadas - where you’ll inevitably get abducted by a trio of New Soul LA space martians as you stand listening under the moon… It really is the end of the film now, but you needn’t grab your coat yet, you could always just hit rewind.

This Autumn Moonchild will be touring as the major tour support for The Internet on their US/Canada tour. Check out the new tour dates below - it’s going to be a very special affair.



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