Folk is such a mis-used term of late.
Sometimes, it can feel that anyone with an acoustic guitar and a beard can label themselves a folk artist. Thankfully, Montreal newcomers Half Moon Run have a rather more broad, rather more re-freshing take on their style of music.
Sure, they come equipped with plangent acoustic guitars, stubborn piano chords and harmonies that fall like leaves, but there's no need to place a label on them.
"I don’t think we’re a genre band" says Conner Molander. "You could say we’re a folk band, but it’s hard to pin folk music as a genre — it’s a form of music where there’s nothing between the emotion you’re feeling and the expression. It’s music where it feels like there are the least number of barriers, it’s like speaking, like any kind of expression, it’s a similar internal discourse that you have with yourself and the music. I think the way that you treat music in your life is folky if you’re really attached to it. I think that’s part of the chemistry between us."
Debut album 'Dark Eyes' is set to be released on July 1st, with Communion / Island once again stepping in to support new talent. Ahead of this, Half Moon Run took the time to record a very special live session using only acoustic instruments.
Clash has been handed 'Unofferable' for our readers. It's a beautiful introduction - that nagging, primal beat is married to confessional lyrics which don't shy away from uncomfortable truths.
Watch it now.
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'Dark Eyes' is set to be released on July 1st.
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