Album Review: New Moons Vol 7

New Moons Vol 7

Released 1st January 2017

Words: Gary Lambert

new moons vol 7Reviewing the New Moons new compilation (Vol 7) is a wonderfully difficult thing for a music writer to do. On the one hand, it is a tremendous collection of individual tracks, but as with any compilation it is also a victim of its design. How can you compare an album written to be listened to as a fifty-minute piece of music with an album where the tracks are not even written by people from the same band? With that in mind, I’ve decided to let the winds of fate do their bidding on my review. I have listened to this album several times, and played it in the car when I had real live musicians who would be analytical of my choice in music. The latter was particularly important as when your only musical skill is nodding in time to a riff whilst stood at the back of a venue you need to be able to show that you don’t spend your time listening to Shakin’ Stevens’ back catalogue or The Best of Bryan Adams. Otherwise nobody would take my self-important ravings to be worth a retweet. So with all of that in mind, let’s see what shuffle brings us.

 

Cascabel by The Mariachi Ghost. Welcome to The Gypsy Kings do indie music. With flamenco guitars, Latin flair and the warm sounds of Iberia. Whenever you’re on a package holiday, you see plenty of the local adults and children, but very few of the teenagers. That’s because rather than listening to tourist trap cliches they’re at home listening to this. It is soulful, sexy, dark and exciting. Not the usual thing you would expect on an indie compilation. And all this from a band who hail from Canada rather than somewhere with sun, sultry liquor and heat.

 

Evari Kosam by Alluri. Coming straight out of London via Hyderabad, we get a wonderful slice of Pakistani indie music. This track could easily be produced by an exciting, interesting and gifted average white band such is the structure of the music, but with the lyrics sung in possibly Telugu (forgive me if my knowledge of languages is incorrect) the track takes on far greater scope. This is the sound of a version of modern Britain as the traditions of British indie music are mixing with Asian immigration to produce a song that is out and out beautiful. If Arcade Fire released this, people would treat it as a musical second coming.

 

Life of a Better Man by Slow Leaves. Moving to a more traditional song that you would expect on an indie release, Life of a Better Man is a toned down slice of bluegrass that isn’t going to get you out of your seat to whoop and holler and dance, but definitely has enough about it to make you tape your toes. Lyrically there is the wonderful self-deprecating simplicity that generally country music does better than most. Whilst the title makes you think of an Oasis-influenced obvious stomper, this is far from that. Think more Johnny Cash and The Night Sweats (sorry for kicking you out Nathaniel) doing Sunday Morning Comedown.

 

Closer by Anil Sebastian. Far more delicate than the previous tracks shuffle gave us to start with, Closer is a textured, ambitious number which would seem at home in a very arty, very modern car advert. Anil Sebastian lead us on a journey during these four minutes where one moment you’re holding your breath so as to not destroy the fragile sounds of xylophone, and then the next moment you’re plummeting down the slopes to rambunctious strings, before levelling off with some ethereal operatic vocals. It is the kind of song that makes you wonder what you actually listened to when you reach the end. I’ve listened several times and I’m still uncertain as to what it truly is.

 

Animals by Fizzy Blood. After a heavy riff and a scream, we are greeted with the opening lines of “slaves to the system get all they deserve, nothing more and nothing less”. Instantly this track feels aggressive and confrontational as though Fizzy Blood see it as their purpose in music to make people stop being part of the problem with apathy. YES!!! “Mediocre, inoffensive, play it safe, sit on the fence” is sang with such a sneer you should feel ashamed if that is you. I love this song. For me this is the kind of track that you hear and instantly you want to thank the writer for putting your feelings on to record.

 

Real Fast Car by Bad Family. Okay, at this point I have had to cheat as there was no way I was completing this review without the song which has given me the refrain I’ve sang through Christmas and New Year. “It’s only sex, but sex sells don’t it honey” makes this song catch the eye so to speak, but without it we probably wouldn’t be grabbed by this song which is open for debate. Is it about the ease that materialism can provide you with a path to your hearts desire? Or is it a tale of a prostitute who is the perfect girl until she’s in the light? I don’t know. I don’t know if I want to know. But what I do know is that Real Fast Car has made it into my House Party Emergency Playlist – and it is going to be there for a good while.

 

With the golden shadow of Trump on the horizon as we head towards January 20th, stick on this compilation and forget about everything for a while. Just don’t look at the cover which has The Donald as The Moon, braying and unpleasant. Well PEOTUS, this one is for you. Mexican-Canadian, Pakistani-English and dirty rock n roll. You’re going to hate all of it, but we are going to love it.

 

Listen to New Moons Vol 7 here:

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