Chords of Truth - 'Moon Time'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be taking a peek at ‘Moon Time,’ a single from Chords of Truth. The name is actually a moniker, that of Jason Garriotte, and he’s been using it to tour and perform for quite some time. The project’s debut was ‘Reflections of Reality,’ a seven song EP that resulted in a massive collaborative project with various producers in an even more diverse offering of genres.

‘Moon Time’ was inspired by a long-time fascination that Garriotte has had with the moon. The song, he describes, is meant to “celebrate our cosmic connection with the moon and promote harmony with all of nature through a change in our perception of time.” Needless to say, Garriotte’s new song attempts to be quite insightful and perhaps even a tad introspective.

‘Moon Time’ hits you in the face with a powerful percussion section matched with an equally impactful acoustic section comprised of a sporadic piano and rhythmic guitar. Instrumentally, the song is fairly simplistic on all ends. That’s alright, though, because this is supposed to be folky. It’s worth noting that even though this music is self-described as folk, it’s significantly infused with a heavy dose of pop. I’d argue it’s alignment with acoustic-pop before folk.

I do have a bit of a quip with the production: it’s very tinny. The actual timbre and sonic quality of the sound is very, very bright. The percussion in particular is a bombardment of snare drum without much bass or fill. The low end of the EQ feels completely cut which makes it way too punchy. 

Garriotte’s performance is certainly suitable to the style, though. He’s previously been vocally compared to Johnny Cash. I think that comparison is wildly inaccurate; he doesn’t have a deep voice. A much more apt comparison would be Don Mclean or the like. Regardless, he’s a strong vocalist and that performance remains the most poignant of the track.

‘Moon Time’ is a fun acoustic pop song. It’s not terribly insightful, and I’m not sure if it accomplishes the hefty goals that Garriotte sets out for it, but it is a joyfully good celebration of celestialism and our great old moon. It’s a bit bogged down by rather weak production, but Garriotte picks it back up again with his relentless enthusiasm and charm.

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