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Moonchild

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    Cure
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    The List
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    Back to Me
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    Show The Way
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    The Truth
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Since releasing their new album ‘Voyager’ in May 2017, praise for Moonchild’s third album has continued to grow with vocal support from BBC 1XTRA, BBC 6Music, and KCRW; a video premiere for the cinematic “Cure” with The Fader, and an upfront stream of the sun soaked “Show The Way” via Okayplayer.
Further reviews from DJ Mag, The Evening Standard and LA Weekly add to support for the album, as well as online praise from The Fader, Soulbounce, Saint Heron, and Jazz FM playlisting. The band also took up the mic and guest hosted the Bandcamp Weekly show, sharing their inspirations behind making the album with listeners.
“The List” sees Moonchild push and pull their rhythm section to new altitudes, sprinkling tasteful moments of flute between notes of unreciprocated romance. Filtered keys and the low crackle of vinyl draw the listener closer, seconds before a world of bass tones unfurl and gentle horns flower into Navran’s longing to be freed from her emotions. Following the lyrical themes of ‘Voyager’, Amber Navran details the struggles of love and an inner conflict found when trying to leave it all behind. “The List is about the feelings that linger while you’re trying to get over someone - that weird mix of loving them and hating them at the same time. It makes you feel stuck and search for a way to not feel those things, but in the end it’s part of the process and it will pass too” explains Amber. She continues: “The List” is acknowledging those feelings and venting about them, recognizing it’s just what you have to go through (instead of blaming yourself for feeling that way), and at the end singing “I know that I’ll make it through” underneath all the chatter of mixed emotions in the lyrics of the outro.”
‘Voyager’ follows two years after their widely-praised album ‘Please Rewind’, marking a new level of maturity in the band’s sound. The album was recorded in a series of sessions in a cabin at Lake Arrowhead, California. In their break from the city, Moonchild took inspiration from their surroundings and allowed nature’s influences to permeate their recordings. On ‘Voyager’, Moonchild manifest their perspectives on modern love across 13-tracks with emotional nuance.
As they build their repertoire, multi-instrumentalists Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson have switched up the arrangement on ‘Voyager’ by bringing in friends, a harpist and string players, and brought new techniques to the fore. Since graduating from the USC Jazz school in 2014 and cementing themselves into the LA music scene, Moonchild have released three albums ‘Be Free’ [2012], ‘Please Rewind’ [2015] and ‘Voyager’ [2016]; these have been shown love by DJs like Gilles Peterson, Don Letts & Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music) to Jamie Cullum and Anthony Valadez (KCRW); garnered press and online praise from The Fader, Echoes Magazine, Saint Heron, Kick Mag, KCRW and Okayplayer; and accumulated an impressive figure of 1+ million streams on Spotify for lead single “Cure” from the ‘Voyager’ album. Moonchild have collaborated or toured with highly-respected names in the soul-jazz crowd including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, The Internet, and built up a host of iconic supporters from Robert Glasper and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, Jose James, 9th Wonder and Tyler, The Creator.

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