Over the next two weeks we'll be highlighting the incredible live sessions featured on Simon Raymonde's Amazing Radio show. Former Cocteau Twin, head of indie label Bella Union and Amazing Radio presenter, Simon has invited some of the best new artists to his studio to play live. Amongst them are the hazy psychedelia of Pinkunoizu, Manchester's brightest hopes M O N E Y and today's feature Half Moon Run.
Before you ask, we've not gone completely insane. Despite the misleading name, Half Moon Run is not the final chapter in the Twilight saga, nor some sort of pagan athletic event, they're actually a band from Montreal, Quebec and they've got the team here at amazing about as weak-kneed as a teenage girl watching Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner partake in some Greco-Roman wrestling in their underwear.
Extended metaphors aside, the Canadian three-piece first caught our attention at amazing when they uploaded their debut album Dark Eyes to amazingtunes.com back in March. Released by Indica Records, a label that's already given the world The Gaslight Anthem and Joseph Arthur, Half Moon Run are a band that blur genre boundaries and blend subtle electronic elements with delicately picked guitars and swelling harmonies. With influences as varied as Fleetwood Mac, Interpol, Bob Dylan and Air it's the ease with which they achieve such hybridity that is the band's biggest success, creating melodies that are rousing, emotive and yet beautifully understated.
Montreal is a long way from Simon Raymonde's London-based studios but when the band made the leap across the pond in May to play a few precious UK dates in support of their debut release, the Bella Union boss and Amazing Radio host extraordinaire couldn't resist inviting Devon, Dylan and Conner into his inner sanctum to record six tracks exclusively for amazing.
From the delicately picked guitar of album opener Full Circle to the dark bass lines and reverberating of She Wants To Know, if this band are any way near as good live as they sound here, then they'll be a formidable proposition. We've got a feeling Half Moon Run won't be the fleeting 'here one night, gone the next' that their lunar label suggests.
Dark Eyes is out now on Indica Records. You can stream the album in full via Half Moon Run's profile on amazingtunes.com