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Montrealites Half Moon Run have released their third studio album, ‘A Blemish In The Great Light’, last Friday and it’s chock full of swirling indie rock riffs, at times a throwback to seventies nouveau synth, sometimes the harmonies feeling like an echo of sixties rock and roll. It’s a fresh new take and we like it. Last night they had a sold out headline show at Electric Brixton, and what a beauty it was.

Half Moon Run have returned with their third album, A Blemish In The Great Light, via Glassnote Records. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, Beck, Killers) and featuring the singles Then Again and Flesh and Blood.

The word everyone comes back to when describing Montreal indie rockers Half Moon Run is “complex” (The Guardian, Exclaim, et al.) Whether they’re billed as dreamy alt-pop, bucolic alt-folk, or psychedelic indie rock, the four multi-instrumentalists – Devon Portielje (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion), Conner Molander (vocals, guitar, keyboard, piano, pedal steel, bass, harmonica), Dylan Phillips (vocals, drums, piano, keyboard), and Isaac Symonds (vocals, drums, mandolin, synth, bass) – have built their name on cerebral, acrobatic arrangements and harmonies that lilt prettily till they turn feral.

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Half Moon Run’s newest single, “Flesh and Blood”, balances gorgeous harmonies with strikingly clean acoustic guitar and honest lyrics. The song is about learning to love someone and learning to accept love, both from yourself and others. The powerful song, from their upcoming album “A Blemish In The Great Light”, perfectly captures the band’s indie rock sound, with foot-tapping guitar and percussion as well as refreshing piano and guitar melodies. Half Moon Run a video to accompany Flesh and Blood on September 16th, which will showcase the band members’ relationships with each other and provide viewers a glimpse at the creative processes used to craft the song and album.

Half Moon Run’s new album, “A Blemish In The Great Light”,

Band Members
Devon Portielje, Conner Molander, Dylan Phillips, Isaac Symonds

Music Video for “Flesh and Blood” by Half Moon Run

Half Moon Run originally hails from the small Vancouver Island ocean community of Comox, British Columbia, but it wasn’t until its members relocated to Montreal that they really made a name for themselves. In the spring of 2012, the band caught almost everyone by surprise with an excellent debut album that achieved gold status in Canada. Three and a half years later, Half Moon Run has returned, more mature and in control, for its second album, Sun Leads Me On. “I Can’t Figure Out What’s Going On” is a standout; I love a song with a slow build, and this one definitely qualifies. It’s like putting a kettle on the stove: The song is calm at first until it starts simmering, hits a rolling boil and finally blasts forward in a heated finish. If you like Spoon, The Band or Sufjan Stevens, chances are you’ll love Half Moon Run