Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Poor Moon - "Illusion" EP

Poor Moon is the new project from Christian Wargo and Casey Westcott of Fleet Foxes (and also of the criminally underrated Crystal Skulls), the band is rounded out by Ian and Peter Murray of The Christmas Cards.  Their 5-song debut EP was released this week on Sub Pop digitally and on 12" vinyl and CD.  The band takes their name from frontman Wargo's favorite Canned Heat song and their sound blends the warm folk of their parent band and the psychedelia of the 60's with a slight modern twist.

The EP opens with the title track, "Illusion" and its cyclical acoustic guitar, washes of electronic ambient noise and understated vocal melody.  "Anyplace" follows with the familiar Fleet Foxes-style close knit vocal harmonies and a 60's inspired psychedelic bent.  The stand out single, "People In Her Mind" keeps with the 60's theme but with jangly guitars, a sturdier beat and some catchy, sun-soaked melodies.  Much like the darker psych-folk of "Once Before", the band went through band names like Peppermint Majesty and Rabbit Kingdom, that reflect their music before settling on the name Poor Moon.  And the eponymous EP closes with the afro-pop inflected "Widow" which also features the vocals of former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman who also lent his drum and percussion skills to three of the five tracks. 

With a full-length album ready for release in August, the Illusion EP is a perfect and cheap introduction to your new favorite folk rock obsession.    

Download "People In Her Mind" here:  http://assets3.subpop.com/assets/audio/11402.mp3

For more info: http://www.subpop.com/artists/poor_moon


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