This one’s interesting. Moon Ate the Dark’s eponymous debut came out a few years ago and the pair decided that they would release their eponymous sophomore release with their debut in tow – think of it as them letting you have another chance to get on the train if you missed it the first time around. It still boggles me that new music can even be created today, much less on (or involving) the piano – an instrument that’s over two hundred years old. Anna Rose Carter and Christopher Bailey should be making soundtracks. While (mostly) soothing, there’s never a lull within the compositions. Carter and Bailey make sure to saturate every droplet of time with notes. If you’re a fan of, say, the Minecraft soundtrack, Peter Broderick, Goldmund or yyu, I especially implore you to give this a try. This is melancholic, soft on the ears, at times dissonant/eerie and above all, beautiful. Listen to Moon Ate the Dark I below via the Spotify stream and a preview of Moon Ate the Dark II by clicking through the Buy Now link below. See what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Double CD / Double LP Edition including the 2012 self titled debut album by Moon Ate The Dark and the 2nd follow-up album simply called "II".

With their second album Moon Ate the Dark is taking the next step of contemporary piano composition. Moving on from their well-received debut album in 2012, Moon Ate the Dark II is based on an extraordinary playful and varied approach to melodies and drones with dedication to subtle, yet complex details.
The combination of Anna Rose Carter’s piano, violin and keyboard playing and Christopher Bailey’s electronics, amplifiers as well as organs and synthesizers creates something less shadowy than their first album in favour of a more melodic, still thoughtful endeavour that manages to virtuously move on the thin line of nostalgia and optimism.

While the shorter pieces of the record are mostly based on lively piano tunes completed by forceful electronic components, the attentive ‚Sleepy Vipers’ is dragging the listener into drones and violin that slow the pace to create an engaging high mark in the duo’s recordings underlined by the excellent production that will grip the listener until the very last notes of the wonderful closing track ‚Lo’. Moon Ate the Dark II is an impressive achievement and evidence of how diverting a meeting of two parts can be if they match as perfectly as this.

Price $33.61

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