Poor Moon’s publicity reeled me in with the fact that the band will be playing some dates with Beach House later this year. It kept me reading with the fact that the band’s debut full-length will be released by indie stalwart Sub Pop. And it got me writing once I listened to the first single from said album, the faux-folksy “Holiday.”
“Holiday” is all too short – not unlike every single holiday ever – clocking in at just over two and a half minutes. It’s vibrant and reminiscent of the Stuart Murdoch-led songs from Belle & Sebastian. It’s simple twee pop, and if you’re in the mood for it, it sounds pretty good. (Granted, the times that I actually choose to put on Belle & Sebastian’s music are few and far between.)
Poor Moon, as it turns out, is comprised of Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott, as well as brothers Ian and Peter Murray. But Wargo and Wescott have played together in numerous bands: tympanogram favorite Pedro the Lion, Crystal Skulls, and – most recently – in Fleet Foxes. So it’s strange to me that this first single doesn’t remind me of any of those bands, and instead reminds me of a band I don’t particularly love.
But, that being said, the remainder of the album might be completely different. Maybe I’m being thrown off track by the lead single. Maybe Poor Moon will sound like a cross between Fleet Foxes and Pedro the Lion (which would be difficult to pull off, but something I’d like to hear). Either way, my interest is piqued enough to not write off the album on my own preliminary comparison (since Belle & Sebastian always seem to reel me in with one single, only to disappointment thereafter). Poor Moon is due out at the end of August.
Poor Moon // Holiday [mp3] from the forthcoming Poor Moon