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You Were Once the Sun, Now You're the Moon


Artist: O+S
Label: Saddle Creek
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 22 April 2017

O+S is Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, High Up) and Cedric LeMoyne (of Remy Zero). They released their self-titled debut album under the O+S eponym in 2009. The album reflected a mutual love of shoegaze, field recordings, and David Lynch soundtracks the pair had cultivated over roughly two decades of friendship. Their new album, You Were Once the Sun, Now You're the Moon through, is now released through Saddle Creek...

If I'm being honest, I didn't really enjoy this album on the first play though. However, thankfully I always spend at least a couple of weeks getting to know each album I have to review. The first play through I don't read the press info, I just play it straight through. Then I play it again while digesting the press info and then play it a few more times before putting it to one side for a few days. Then I play it through again several more times. It's essential, for me, to do this, as a lot of albums grow on you over time. I've lost count of the number of albums I've grown to love over the years, that I would have otherwise not have gotten to know because the first time I played them I didn't enjoy them.

O+S's new album,: You Were Once the Sun, Now You're the Moon, contains 10 tracks (33 min, 32 sec) with the only instantly accessible track, for me, being the wonderful 'Honest Lies' which closes the album.

It opens with the catchy 'Hold Your Own' before moving onto the hypnotic 'Dancing with Death', with other highlights including the pop track 'Remember When (The Backroads)'.

It's an interesting album, if you're prepared to give it the time to grow on you.


Nick Smithson

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