Sometimes, as you power along in your pony with only the open road ahead, you start to pay attention to certain elements of whatever songs are keeping you company. When I first heard “Moon,” by brooding Minneapolis-based neo-folk art-rock band Morosity, I was engrossed by the unpretentious yet intricate lyrics.
Many song lyrics, regardless of how well-crafted they might be, don’t really hold up when considered the same way you would a formal piece of poetry. Take the music away, and they quickly collapse into nothingness. “Moon” is an exception to this rule — an earnest but ambitious song that manages to sustain a powerful metaphor from start to finish, hitting that part of you that truly resonates the way a well-written poem does.
Included in the band’s second album Low Tide (2017), “Moon” is a hauntingly beautiful tapestry of distinctive folk, psychedelic and middle-eastern sounds with a little 90s inflection thrown in for good measure.
Where have you gone my love tonight
Have you ran away to hide
Can you hear my desperate cry
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About the Curator - Jane Asylum
When my mother wasn’t walking around the house belting out early 60s’ girl-band lyrics, she was collecting compilation albums, specifically from K-Tel. She may not have had the most refined taste, but she enjoyed variety, or at least that’s what I recall. I poured over them all, preferring some sounds to others. And when I found the perfect song, I’d play it over and over until ready to perform my latest theatrical dance incarnation.
With my family all gathered on floral grey sofas in our basement apartment, I’d set the vinyl on the turntable of a brown fibreboard stereo and not-so-carefully lower the needle. It would pop, screech, and crackle before any music spilled from the weaved-wheat speakers. My toes would press, lift, and sweep through the blue-green shag carpet, my arms would flail, and the music would bass and treble through my soul.
I’m no longer that 6-year-old doing private-audience interpretive dance routines, but my passion remains just as intense. I have no special superpowers as a curator — just my love of sounds and lyrics that transport, transform, move, and make your body groove.
15 November 2021
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