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Artist: Newmoon
Label: PIAS
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 14 October 2016

Belgium’s Newmoon create an abstract world of post-punk mood shifts and aural tsunamis crashing on the distant silver shores of the imagination. Taking their name from an Elliot Smith album and based in Antwerp and Ghent, Newmoon formed in late 2013. Band members previously played in the much-loved hardcore punk band Midnight Souls, now widely recognised as one of the country’s finest. And though the two projects may superficially appear polar opposites, hardcore is nothing if not a genre built purely on dynamics, something this quintet have a masterful grasp of...

Space is the debut album from Newmoon and over the course of this album's 9 tracks (38 min, 48 sec) we are taken on a musical journey that is a throwback to indie rock bands of the '90s.

It opens with 'Helium', a moody, muffled sounding garage band sound that sets us up for the rest of the the album. In places - tracks like 'Life in the Sun' - I was reminded of the work of James.

The album beautifully fuses retro garage rock with modern indie vibes and is well worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre.


Nick Smithson

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