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 shining our gaze onto Blue Moon Harem, a veteran independent outfit that has recently completed their junior studio endeavor, an album entitled ‘Deep Into Blue.’ The band’s blend of indie rock is accessible and enjoyable, with some interesting nuances. Let’s explore a selection of tracks from the upcoming record...
‘My Front Door’ is one of the tracks fans can expect off ‘Deep Into Blue.’ It’s an acoustic-led pop rock song with some strong lyricism. The opening line, “I changed the lock on my front door, and you still got yourself inside,” is reminiscent of Lucinda Williams’ classic ‘Changed The Locks.’ The sentiment is similar to the classic, too, as Blue Moon Harem journeys through the emotions of a complex romantic relationship.
It’s important to note that ‘My Front Door’ is produced superbly. I listen to each Independent Spotlight entry in an actual studio on monitors - and Blue Moon Harem is something worth writing home about in that department. The mix is clean and organized, but organic enough to not feel sterile. ‘My Front Door’ has glimpses of soul, actually, and that soul combines with a classic rock vibe quite nicely.
‘Lie’ offers a bit more insight into the depth of ‘Deep Into Blue,’ with another soundscape propelled by an acoustic guitar. The reverberated landscape of electric guitars muses in and out of the sound, though, and adds a lot of flavor to the track. The track delves into some alternative rock territory, and I adore the guitar solo during the mid-section of the song. It infuses it with so much personality, and it’s perfectly accented by the slick production.
Finally, ‘Lucky’ closes out our sampler of the upcoming album with a very ‘singer songwriter’ track. Jonathan Bix, the vocalist, exhibits some impressive range on the track. Actually, I’d argue his performance is solid enough to merit considering ‘Lucky’ the most excellent of this bunch. A rock act lives or dies by its frontman. Blue Moon Harem seem to be in good hands.
Based on these three tunes, I’d be very interested in exploring ‘Deep Into Blue’ upon its release. If they’re indicative of the full album’s quality, it’s going to be one of the more fruitful releases of the independent scene this season. (I’m assuming they’re looking to drop the full album this summer or fall.) Connect with them below to keep in the loop!