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THANK YOU FROM THE FUTURE

Moon Letters

 

Heavy Prog

3.90 | 26 ratings

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Steve Conrad
5 stars "a resoluteness toward life and love..."

Simmering Sophomore Release

Seattle's collective progressive musical force, MOON LETTERS, leaves the impression of five seasoned, skilled musicians giving every last ounce of creative, sacred, majestic, melodic musical enchantment in the sculpting of this their sophomore album, "Thank You From the Future."

Then, drained, drenched, and strangely invigorated, they walk together from the studio, into some spectral future, glancing, spent, into some vast galaxies and into hitherto unseen inner depths.

As corroboration and parameters, I quote the band's statement of intent, of territory to be covered, of terrain explored, "Our satellite-obsessed musicians humbly hope that these invocations reflect a resoluteness toward life and love. With desire to face that which is needed to overwhelm and overflow the fear and hate so prevalent today, we are at your service."

Overwhelm and Overflow

In such a spiritual space- even drawing from one of my favorite writers, C. S. Lewis- this quintet utilizes unexpected melodic twists and turns, guitars that sigh, wail, chime, and rock, bass tones deep and crunchy at times and other times lissome and flowing.

A multitude of keyboards creating atmospheres of symphonic splendor, cinematic drama, psychedelic/space-y textures, mystic string sounds.

The drumming that shows complexity, sensitivity to the overall musical flow, power and passion.

But the Star of the Show...

Well, for me, anyhow- the richly textured, imaginative, evocative, clean and clear, beyond lovely vocal arrangements, providing that final graceful coup de couer that puts this music into another realm entirely. The lead voice is lovely on its own, but this outfit has found a way to magnify and complement and develop the voices into some pretty special.

Overall...

Compositions flow, so often with unexpected twists and turns, always with a melodicism and beauty that sometimes left me breathless. The pace would change from somber, to majestic, to lilting, to pleading. And then back again. Rich. Textured. Emotional.

Closing Thoughts

Superb example of musicality, musicianship, compositional skill, intelligence, taste, and workmanlike commitment on this sophomore release from MOON LETTERS. For me, "Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music."

Steve Conrad | 5/5 |

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