Nothing quite skewers the dark heart of America like country music. Even at its most saccharine, the genre seems to sum up the opportunity and the despondency, the promise and failure, the downright weirdness of American life.
Night Moves don’t make country music (we’ll make that distinction first) but they undoubtedly have a few country albums in their collection. Growing up together in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, guitarist/lead vocalist John Pelant, bassist Micky Alfano and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ritsema have the sort of chemistry that only life long friendships can provide.
Making music together for years, the Night Moves project displays an enormously broad spread of influences. Studio auteurs such as Todd Rundgren are an obvious point of inspiration, alongside the blissful Americana of Neil Young’s acoustic side. But there’s a cinematic property as well.
At times, Night Moves seem to recall David Lynch – in particular the way the director can add surreal qualities to established sounds, qualities which make you look again. Debut album ‘Colored Emotions’ carries that same trait. Tinges of Americana fade through, but it’s a surreal vision – like the rays of a sunset casting the landscape in a new light.
ClashMusic has managed to get its hands on the first stream of the title track. Listen to it now...
'Colored Emotions' is set to be released on March 25th.