Caught these guys last week playing a show with one of my favorite discoveries of this year, Jonti. I had scoped them out beforehand just to see what was up, and what I heard sounded pretty tight – it was on the experimental end of that spacey, lopsided, wonky tip that so many folks are onto these days.
Suffice it to say, I was completely unprepared for what these guys were going to do live. According to their bio, Sonnymoon is a duo, consisting of multi-instrumentalist and beat programmer Dane and vocalist Anna Wise, but live, they brought a full band and the experience was simply revelatory. Wise’s presence was something to behold: She looked like a runaway high on some exotic concoction of mind altering substances, but sang like she was channeling something from beyond.
The first song they played left us literally speechless – reduced to gesturing and making faces at each other.
This was some kind of freaky new-age digital psychedelia: part Flying Lotus, part 1969-era Jefferson Airplane, and part some other shit I never heard before. For almost an hour these guys took us on a journey (cliché I know, but that’s really what it was) deep into their utterly strange yet charming world where warped pop, met lopsided hip-hop and twitchy electronics (courtesy of a cornucopia of various gear, on par w/ a Mum or Animal Collective set up). The whole thing was wrapped in fog of surreal atmospherics and finished off with heaping load of sub bass.
While there is nothing wrong with the band’s studio recordings, they don’t yet match the intensity of the live experience.
These guys should be on the festival circuit very soon, and you owe it to yourself to go and check them out.
Here is a nice lickle mix Dane threw together to occasion the band’s West Coast mini tour:
1. Jonti – Sugar High from Sine & Moon (The Album) LP
2. Knxwledge – WTD[wrk] from klarity.EP
3. devonwho – Cactus from Strangebrew 12″
4. Mndsgn – 43rd from ObliqueKitchn LP
5. Knxwledge – Knxbodi from klarity.EP
6. B.Lewis – World Frozen Over
7. Sonnymoon – Wild Rumpus from Sonnymoon LP
8. Jonti – Moon Goddess (interlude) from Sine & Moon (The Album) LP
9. Mndsgn – PMG from ObliqueKitchn LP
10. devonwho – Strangebrew from Strangebrew 12″
11. M. Constant – Chew-Z from Bugged EP
12. Jonti – Koi Moon’s Daughter Pt II from Sine & Moon (The Album) LP
13. Sonnymoon – ∞ from Sonnymoon LP
Here’s a video for “Universal Appeal” from the new album (careful, it’s 9 mins long and goes way the fuck out there):
And here’s an older vid I found: