Four years ago, while in college, Alexandra Berenson and Maura Mullen met and formed the Philadelphia-based alternative duo known as Moonshine Heather. Long before Moonshine Heather, as children they began their musical journeys. Berenson and Mullen cite jazz and Motown as major inspirations for their sound, which also channels rock n’ roll, indie pop, R&B, folk, punk and country music. Moonshine Heather gained a local following after playing many venues around Philadelphia.
Moonshine Heather’s self-titled EP Moonshine Heather explores the different dimensions of dysfunctional relationships. “Stay Alone” mixes beats to form tango-style sounds that coordinate with the idea of constantly being drawn to a person. Their seduction intoxicates someone into believing that they only want and need them. “Comedown” uses the lyrics ‘losing my religion’ to reference R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion” song and it also contains elements indicative of their song. The song’s incorporation of beat boxing and creating a drug-hazed vibe with its tones makes it one of the most unique songs on the album.
“Internal Sunshine” integrates many of the elements from the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, such as direct quotes, sampling the song “Oh My Darling, Clementine,” and creating a ghostly echo vibe with vocal techniques. Each one of these singles on Moonshine Heather adds a dynamic to the EP that explores Mullen and Berenson’s provocative storytelling abilities and hypnotic folky vocals.
Moonshine Heather manages to keep the instruments simple but potent. Often the guitar chords act as the supporting role to the star of the pieces: the lyrics and vocals. The harmonies, diction, and lyrics are what make Moonshine Heather a memorable ride, a ride you want to take and visit repeatedly.
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