Eric Bauberger (guitar/vocals), Jake Fuscia (flute/keys/drums/vocals), John Mosley (guitar/vocals) and Mitch Gollub (bass) are Moon Days. The just released an album entitled Shuttle. Previously they have released two EP’s.
The album contains eleven songs and is a slick thirty-seven minutes of off kilter rock. I was drawn to the catchy melodies and cosmic optimism similar to what I first heard on The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips. On that note the band also brings to mind bands as far ranging as The Beatles to The Shins.
The band gets going with “Liftoff (One More Song)” which is the longest and most epic song on the album. Clean reverb laced guitars shimmer against the flute making for a warm yet bright canvas. The vocals are undeniably inviting as well. I was impressed by the structure of the song. There is a fantastic orchestral break in the middle that feels seamless and organic. The band goes for a “fade in” to get back into the groove which is a little hard to pull off live but worked well on the recording.
“The Lunar Effect” is a dark, funky affair that felt like an interlude into the next couple of songs. The band head straight towards a ’50s pop/surf sound on “Do I Do” and more of a ’90s indie sound on “Before The End.” The title track hits all the right angles and is single worthy with some notable instrumental sections.
“Slippin' Jimmy” was another standout. The vocal harmonies and snare work make for a winning combination. “Day Song” is unlike anything previously on the album. It’s a stripped back fairly somber folk song with acoustic guitar and vocals as the anchor.
“Passing Through The Exosphere” is a short, night time jazz interlude. “Thought 1” isn’t as instantly catchy as some of the tracks. That being said the chorus is pretty epic sounding. They close with “Ollie” which brings various moods that feel extreme. The song goes from uncontainable happiness to hyperbolic hope.
The band did just enough for the album to be diverse while not feeling scattered. This is the band’s best effort to date and feels like they earned it. Highly recommended.
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