Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 09:00:35 +0200
- Built on a Weak Spot
Moonspeed - Flowers of the Moon
- It appears that Flowers of the Moon is the official debut for Jeff Suthers’ project Moonspeed, which has been around in some form or another since 2003 or so. I remember hearing songs the Flight Approved website from way back that were pretty interesting and made appearances on a couple fairly limited run discs. This however is the full-fledged album from the band and it’s a welcome addition to the already lengthy number of solid records I’ve heard this year. Suthers along with Shannon Stein have both worked together for a number of years, originally hitting the ground running with the more shoegaze angled Volplane in the mid 90’s then moving on to the incredible but sadly departed Bright Channel throughout a good portion of the 00’s. The next logical step for them was to focus their attention on Moonspeed, which takes a lot of the great traits from both of those bands fleshes them out further by enlisting a much larger cast of musicians. There is eleven to be exact, counting both Suthers and Stein.
What has kept me coming back all the years to the work created by Suthers and his collaborators is their ability to make music that really develops and works within a certain mood. There are few that have done it better than them if you ask me. Bright Channel had a very unsettling coldness to the music that was greatly contrasted by the volume, however with Moonspeed much is subdued and the music paints more of a picture of isolation with the numerous airy melodies that make up the nine tracks on Flowers of the Moon. Whether this ends up being up the release from the band or not, the tracks record of the members involved will be more than enough to follow them to wherever they may end up. It’s worked thus far and Flowers of the Moon leaves me no reason to believe it won’t last.
Moonspeed – Harvest [MP3]
For those interested in picking up Flowers of the Moon, the band has it available through eCrater or CD Baby. No matter, pick this up if you like what you hear and be sure to check out any of the other acts on the Flight Approved roster while you’re at it.