9/10 Out of this world
Hot on the heels of their 2017 Mercury nomination for debut “Love in the 4th Dimension”, London four-piece The Big Moon have been busy back in the studio knocking out the track list for what is sure to be one of the highlights of early 2020. Due out in January, the band have released the first two tracks on streaming services, meanwhile treating fans to a few live teasers during more recent intimate gigs.
Like its predecessor, “Walking Like We Do” is a big, shiny indie-pop record – full of sparkling synths, motoric bass lines and gorgeous harmonies. The snappy “Your Light” sets the pace and tone beautifully; “So maybe it’s an end/’cause this don’t feel like a start/but every generation probably thought they were the last” sings front woman and founder Juliette Jackson with a carefree nod to the verve of youth.
Opener “It’s Easy Then” is a similarly wide-eyed study on the joys of not quite being an adult – the quirky chorus melody only adds to the fun. Dig deeper although, and there is an undercurrent of melancholic wisdom that feels beyond the band’s young years. “’Walking Like We Do’ is about being strong in the face of uncertainty, about standing tall even though you’re completely lost and not being afraid of the future because it just keeps on coming,” explained Jackson in a recent interview.
The golden years of indie pop may be done, but this gang of twentysomethings are having a damn good stab at reviving its carcass for another ride around the block.
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