Posted on Monday 4th November 2019 at 17:15
Coinciding with the release of their third - and arguably most intriguing – record, A Blemish In The Great Light, Half Moon Run will be performing across the UK this week including shows at Bristol’s SWX and Manchester’s O2 Ritz.
The Montreal alt-rock quartet have always strived to create music that doesn’t comply with ‘the norm’ and via 2012 debut, Dark Eyes, and 2015 sophomore, Sun Leads Me On, they have arrived at the destination they were always hoping for.
Their live show has been referred to as “endearing” and it is clear to see why – a group of Canadian multi-instrumentalists playing ambient soundscapes nonchalantly with overlaid harmonic vocals – what’s not to love?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Half Moon Run are on-stage purely to encourage toe-tapping and slow-dancing, though. Their ability to change tempo and instantly ignite raw energy into their set is second to none. Take ‘Call Me in the Afternoon’ for example – building constantly before an abrupt finale, it leaves you craving for more.
Four years in the making, A Blemish In The Great Light encapsulates everything that Half Moon Run have grown into. Favourite Boy sees the protagonist pleading to once again be number one in the eyes of someone that promised him a guestlist slot, looks good in that summer dress, but now sees in their nightmares.
Flesh and Blood is more country/folk inspired, but in typical Half Moon Run fashion, they can’t actually be fully pigeon-holed into one genre and refuse to be one dimensional. They draw you in with tracks like Flesh and Blood and keep you there with the enigmatic, piano brilliance of Undercurrents.
Hear all of these and more this week. Remaining tickets are available here.