Dark Eyes [Bonus Track]

Dark Eyes [Bonus Track]

by Half Moon RunHalf Moon Run

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Overview

Richly detailed, alternately rugged and studio slick, the airy and expressive debut album from Montreal's Half Moon Run is caught somewhere between the pastoral, harmony-laden northwoods folk of Fleet Foxes, the hazy classic rock meanderings of Band of Horses, and the soulful midnight din of Alt-J and Jeff Buckley. Formed via a craigslist ad, the band's internal anonymity is hardly relative with regard to its cohesiveness, as each track on the brainy yet intuitive Dark Eyes sounds like the sum of its parts, but there is enough space between those parts to suggest a sort of unspoken agreement to avoid any sort of showboating. This predilection for musical mindfulness is best exemplified by album opener "Full Circle," a carefully tiered, slow-burn brooder that churns along like a river swollen with menace, and then manages to explode without any sort of real violence. The effect is surprisingly and elegantly dramatic, and when Half Moon Run mine this particular cadence, as they do on standout cuts like "No More Losing the War," "Fire Escape," and "Give Up," the latter of which sounds like it morphed out of the early moments of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android," they cast a spell that can prove difficult to break free of. That elegance is retained on more mellifluous offerings like the breezy "Call Me in the Afternoon" and the multi-layered, electro-pop-kissed closer, "21 Gun Salute," both of which lean harder toward the Alt-J side of the equation, but they lack the command of atmosphere and sense of purpose that drive the darker numbers.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2013
Label: Glassnote
UPC: 0810599020002
catalogNumber: 143
Rank: 34121

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Half Moon Run   Primary Artist
Tosca String Quartet   Strings
Brigitte Dajczer   Violin
Devon Portielje   Group Member
Conner Molander   Group Member
Dylan Phillips   Group Member
Babette Hayward   Background Vocals
Thomas Charité   Cello

Technical Credits

Jim Eno   Producer,Engineer
Daniel Lagacé   Producer,Engineer
Shawn Cole   Engineer
Nygel Asselin   Producer,Engineer
Peter Edwards   Layout
Half Moon Run   Composer,Producer
Devon Portielje   Engineer
Isaac Symonds   Composer
Jonathan M. Fox   Composer
Tim Georgeson   Art Direction,Concept

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