Willy Moon isn’t a name you will be forgetting in a hurry and not only for the immature amongst you who sniggered when first hearing it. The young New Zealander writes produces and records all of his own music, songs that are short, snappy and pleasurable to the ear. But songs I fear that are not particularly unique and could be overshadowed by the heavyweights of the genre.
‘Now everybody come along with me, I’ll take you to a place you never did see’ is the opening line to his new single ‘Railroad Tracks’ being released by Third Man Records on August 20th and there is a deep sense of unknowing irony that shrouds the remainder of his record. The fact is that if this was the first time we had heard someone attempt this blend of soft rock with slow laptop hip-hop beats then it would indeed be groundbreaking and although Willy Moon is one of the first to this party, the few guests there before him just so happen to be the likes of Jack White and arguably Jay-Z and Kanye West with their Watch the Throne album.
Although this takes nothing away from Moon’s own urban, fifties inspired sound which manifests itself this time around in an almost film noir inspired track which at no point will make you turn your radio off in disgust, for those who have heard White’s U2 cover ‘Love is Blindness’ it will seem second best. Impressive though it is that these tracks are the young man’s complete work from recording to mixing they feel two dimensional next to the heavyweights and despite his work being impressive there is a strong potential it will get drowned out by brighter lights.
If we forget the others then ‘Railroad tracks’ is a catchy mix of popular styles from the modern day ranging back to the likes of the Ramones and Cab Calloway all rolled together to produce a pleasing cocktails of genre in a pop song that, like I said, on its own merits is impressive.
But the underling sad truth is that Jack White has done this already, and done it better. It is like Cava’s relationship with Champagne. By all means enjoy Willy Moon’s obvious talents, in fact I advise it, juts know that should you feel a little suggestion that there was something missing, that you wanted something more, then do not fear as the complete package of the genre cocktail had arrived early and tastes just a little bit sweeter.