Earlier this year Moons took us for a post-rock spin around "Jupiter Drive" and as we close out 2k11 it appears M.O.O.N. is ready to lift us far beyond any sonic galaxy.
A solo electronic project from Boston's Stephen Gilarde, M.O.O.N. independently dropped the aptly-titled MOON EP on November 27 (Soundcloud /// Bandcamp). It's four tracks of pulsating downtempo electro that's a bit smarter than the other club shit making the rounds these days, and it should be: as Beantown Boogiedown pointed out yesterday, Gilarde is the nephew of LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy.
The four EP tracks here all show off something different while maintaining a consistent intelligence. Opening cut and potential standout "Paris" is an electronic space-invader march that throbs without losing its direction; "Crystals" is a looping, experimental trip-out; and "Hydrogen" -- mastered by Gunnar Bjerk at DFA Studios in New York and the sole track clocking in faster than 108 BPM, at a distant 125 -- is a lustful house ticker that's sure to destroy techno-night dance floors. Closer "Release" tops the six-minute mark and feels relentless in its tumbling synths.
The EP is available for a name-your-price download via Bandcamp, but for those who choose against the "$0.00" option and toss some coin Gilarde's way, he'll donate 20% of proceeds to the Elixir Fund, "a charity which helps cancer patients going through treatment by providing comfort care to them, their families, and their caregivers."
MOON EP by M.O.O.N.
If that's not enough, get your bass on with M.O.O.N.'s earlier remix of Tiga's "What You Need:"
Tiga- What You Need (M.O.O.N. Remix) by M.O.O.N.