With the industry buzzing, global label deals about to be announced and the worldwide release of their album “Dark Eyes” slated for March, 2013 will be the year of Canada’s Half Moon Run.
Across the globe from NME to Brooklyn Vegan, tastemakers and musicians (including Mumford and Sons) are all singing the trio’s praises and Australia is lucky enough to get the year’s first look, in a run of intimate venues around the country.
Half Moon Run's unique sound fuses together the restless elements of indie, pop and roots with beautiful rhythmic harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica.
Since attracting the attention of industry in a run of global showcases throughout 2012, the international buzz has kept building. The band released their first single “ Full Circle” in their home country, quickly gathering nearly 300,000 YouTube views before setting off on a US and European tours with Metric and Patrick Watson. The track attracted the attention of tastemakers including BBC1’s Zane Lowe and influential LA station KCRW. Their run of global shows will bring their unique sound to Australian audiences including the Woodford Folk Festival and Peats Ridge.
Aged between 20-24, Half Moon Run combine varied musical backgrounds, often trading instruments and multitasking to great effect. Their increasingly complex arrangements are probably best explained by seeing them live. Devon Portielje’s vocals are on a level rarely seen in the indie music scene and are backed up superbly by Conner Molander and Dylan Phillips. Phillips often plays drums and keys simultaneously as Molander and Portielje shuffle between guitar, keys, samplers, and percussion. Strong three-part harmonies hold down moody, psychedelic arrangements and electronic-infused soundscapes.
‘Their minimal but textured rock had real dynamics. It had hooks… It was buzz heaven, the sinews on everyone’s necks bulged as they were juiced with pure buzz’ - Gavin Haynes, NME
“I'm going to be cheeky here and pick one band […] Half Moon Run - potentially one of the most important bands debuting an album this year. It's progressive without being pretentious.” Ben Lovett, Mumford & Sons
"What most agreed was the best new band of the week, Half Moon Run. The Montreal trio match songwriting (and harmonies) of ‘60’s folk rock with the atmospherics of Radiohead. I was instantly impressed" - Brooklyn Vegan