When it comes to music, we all have our own favourite genres and styles. For me, it’s not just the one category I enjoy, it’s several. Music is such an immense subject that just sticking to one would be ignorant to the rest of the music world.
Young Moon are enthusiasts of one of the genres I usually stay away from. This is only because when I listen to the slow, chill type of sounds, it doesn’t really fill me with joy or the same buzz I get when I listen to rock or dance. After knowing some of this artist’s background though, I was able to empathise with his lyrics a lot more than I usually would. It’s one of those albums you listen to and it makes you think ‘oh my god that is so me’, which I appreciate; it’s always comforting to know you’re not the only one experiencing certain, rather negative, things.
For the bulk of new album Colt, Young Moon is the perfect mouthpiece for these feelings. Lyrics ooze with a heavy emotional weight, atop oddly ambient-leaning guitars that sound a perplexing mix of happily breezy and deeply unhappy. It’s like an unusual variation of shoegaze, having engulfed folk-like musical phrasings and dialled the emotion up to 11 – all while channeling the spirit of eternal glee that is Nick Cave.
Though it’s not all doom and gloom. ‘Deep Breath’ is the highlight of the whole album, mainly because it has the most optimism and hope of the whole record. It is sending the message that you can basically do anything if you try hard enough. The tune teams up well with the lyrics to produce the perfect opener for Colt.
Towards the end, I felt as though I was being dragged down slightly. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the amount of expression in each song, but then I felt like I was being pulled into a pit of sorrow. I realise that is more or less the intent of the album and Young Moon is trying to express his experiences, but it’s not really the kind of thing for me. However, saying that, I am open to all genres of music, so I’m glad I got the opportunity to listen to this artist and get a feel for his work.
If you’re looking for something upbeat, this is certainly not for you. But if your heart happens to be bleeding with sadness, Young Moon will be the emotional outlet you never knew that you needed and the voice of things you could never quite articulate.