Moonwater is based out of the Jersey shore and recently released Moonwater. They've been performing together since April of 2019. The band began with Mike Cappelluti, CJ Miller and Chris Catania starting the writing process around December of 2018 and they eventually recruited bassist Eric Belcastro and drummer K Kiatpreecha.
The songs felt very coming of age to me. It felt like music made by young people for young people - from the lyrics to the emotional resonance. They start off with “Mary Jane” and the first lyrics which are “She’s a wild rose thorn, in a millennial wasteland / The slightest touch is just enough to leave you bleeding.” The lyrics are juxtaposed against reverb laced guitar and eventually the band does some straightforward rocking out.
Next up is “Ghosts” which is another solid song and mixed elements of pop, alternative and rock. There are some solid grooves along with atmospheric breakdowns and a hook worthy chorus. Last up is “In My Mind” which is arguably the highlight. I thought the chorus in particular was anthemic and memorable. There is also a cool breakdown section that I thought was inventive and eventually got back to a rocking groove.That being said the band really did a good job expanding on the aesthetics that were on display on the previous songs.
The young band is off to a good start. I also preach on Divide & Conquer about bands focusing on singular and signature sounds. This certainly is the case here because after only three songs I felt I had a good concept of what “their sound” was.
The production and recording quality was top notch. As an engineer myself I think professional studios are still the way to go if you want to really hear your band's potential. Home recording can be great but you really have to have a lot of training if you hope to compete the sound a professional studio can get.
Overall, this was a solid release from a promising band. I look forward to hearing more.
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