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The Big Moon

If life were fair, then things would be easier the second time around. But music history is littered with bands who have clattered headfirst into the hurdle marked ‘sophomore slump’. Not The Big Moon, though. You’ll find them soaring clear in the outside lane.

The London quartet’s debut LP, Love In The 4th Dimension, rode a quirky wave of guitar-pop to a Mercury Prize nomination back in 2017, and its follow up Walking Like We Do is a worthy successor that melds controlled experimentation with a road-tested understanding of what makes the band tick. Its fresh palette – soaring synths, ringing piano intros, stacked vocal harmonies – is a perfect fit that took a little getting used to.

“It was a new experience writing for an audience that already exists and expects something,” vocalist and guitarist Jules Jackson admits. “For a few months, I put too much pressure on myself. After a while, we realised we could make any kind of music, and we didn’t have to copy the first album. We could do anything. I felt a lot more freedom after that.”

After wrapping up touring on Love In The 4th Dimension, The Big Moon pressed pause. Guitarist Soph Nathan released an excellent record with Our Girl – an experience she equates to swapping brains – while Jackson eventually settled back into writing mode. The initial roadblocks she describes came from a place of over-familiarity. Specifically, they came from her guitar.

“It was quite a long process of trying to find new ways to write songs,” she says. “Every time I sat down and tried to write in the way that I always have done, I would write the same kind of song. Your hands go to the same shapes on the guitar, and you have the little things that you instinctively do. I started playing the piano a lot more.”

At the same time, Jackson was adjusting to writing from a fresh perspective. Like the rest of us, her world isn’t the same as it was three or four years ago, and Walking Like We Do acknowledges the weird, frightening landscape outside its window. “I don’t think I wanted to write an album that was all about distraction and forgetting,” she says. “There is definitely a time and a place for the right song to come into your life and give you a bit of a break from thinking or trying to articulate things, but you always crash down to earth in the end.

“When I was writing the first album I was falling head over heels in love, and that was all I cared about. Those songs were the sound of me trying to process that. The last couple of years, it feels like I’ve grown up and the world has changed. Things got a lot stranger, and I think this album is us trying to process that and translate it into something that makes sense. It doesn’t.”

Aided and abetted by Nathan and the rhythm section of Celia Archer and Fern Ford, who have parlayed their roles as bassist and drummer into multifaceted synth and sample work, Jackson eventually assembled an ambitious, melodically florid set of songs. With so much going on, room had to be made for the guitars that provided such a giddy rush on album one.

In a canny move, they sought to isolate them in empty pockets of space, dropping droning distortion over the outro of the opener It’s Easy Then, or twisting corkscrew riffs into the pop confection Why. On the loping, addictive single Your Light, the guitars are a clean, rhythmic counterpoint to the song’s driving pace. “Each guitar line has a reason behind it,” Nathan says. “With the first album, the instinct was to keep layering them.”

Jackson adds: “We really wanted to try new things, which does lead to picking and choosing where you put the guitar. On It’s Easy Then, there are none for the whole thing until the very last chorus. When Soph starts start playing – it’s like two notes – there’s so much emotion and joy because you haven’t had it yet. When you get a taste of it, it’s the best. It’s better than if you had played it for the whole song.”

Walking Like We Do was recorded in Atlanta with producer Ben H Allen III, who has worked alongside everyone from Deerhunter to Belle & Sebastian in the past. “We got on the phone and he was so excited about all of our demos,” Jackson says. “He had listened to them really deeply and sincerely loved them. He became like a fifth member of the band.” Nathan adds: “He was asking Jules about the lyrics, what they meant, what the intentions were for each song. He got into it before we even fully decided to go.”

Jackson and Nathan took their beloved guitars – a Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut and a G&L ASAT Classic respectively – along for the ride and, when in the studio, also mingled with a handful of Telecasters, including one kitted out with a Bigsby tailpiece.

“They had the head of a Twin and a Vox AC30 in the control room,” Nathan says. “They’d link it up with different cabs. It was nice to be in the room and have the control with the head but also be able to just switch it out with lots of cabs and make different sounds. We normally use our own amps, but it just felt like there were so many options. You’d just keep going until you got the sound that felt right.”

Walking Like We Do is the sort of record that vindicates the choices made along the way. It doubles down on certain elements of The Big Moon’s style while boldly changing things up elsewhere. It feels right. “We’ve learnt we can be anything,” Jackson says. “As long as it’s us singing and us writing the lyrics and us writing the songs, we can play anything and do anything. It’ll sound like The Big Moon.”

Walking Like We Do by The Big Moon is out on 10th January on Fiction Records.

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The Big Moon have revealed a new video for ‘Happy New Year’, taken from their debut album ‘Love in The 4th Dimension’. The indie band (and some tiny doppelgängers) hit the dancefloor in the new clip

The clip features the Mercury-nominated indie group taking part in some choreographed dancing – before long, though, they’re joined by some miniature versions of themselves, as well as a whole bunch of other fun-loving kids. Check out the nostalgic, heartwarming . The Big Moon’s debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ was recently rated as one of albums of the year in 2017. Speaking on the red carpet for the Mercury Prize, the band also confirmed that they’ve been thinking about their follow-up.

Bassist Celia Archer revealed that they’ve had “lots of thoughts, some formed thoughts, some solid thoughts that are really great” about their new record. “It is going to happen,” frontwoman Juliette Jackson added. “I’m not gonna say what it is or anything because it doesn’t exist yet, so you’re going to have to wait and see.”

Four-piece indie group ready to be 2017’s breakout British export. The debut album, ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’. was released on April 7, 2017 via Fiction Records, and includes re-recorded versions of previous singles like ‘Sucker’, alongside recent ones ‘Cupid’ and ‘Silent Movie Susie’.

It was recorded over the summer with production by Catherine Marks and Big Moon ringleader Juliette Jackson, who says, “We spent twelve gorgeous summer days in the studio hanging out with the brilliant producer and super babe Catherine Marks, experimenting and noodling and shredding and hitting things until all the right noises happened at once. We’ve been playing these songs for two years now, and it’s a dream come true to finally immortalise them on record. It’s like having eleven tiny babies all at once, all with their own little faces and voices and personalities, and now we’re ready to throw them out of our nest and into your ears.”

check out their debut LP, Love In The 4th Dimension.

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'Love In The 4th Dimension'

As we anticipate the upcoming album , The Big Moon seems to have been around a fairly long time the band must have played a huge amount of shows, They now have released fan favourite ‘Sucker’ as a big hunk of a single. The track has been around for quite a while now but the new release shows just how good it is.

Thicker and fuller than before the newly developed ‘Sucker’ is still the hit it was. Benefitting from the extra production sees the band hint at just how good their debut LP will be, due out on April 7th, might well be. Raspy vocals and big riffs with a snarling attitude would probably vehemently tell us that this is going to be the hit of 2017.

“We spent twelve gorgeous summer days in the studio,” says Jacklin, “experimenting and noodling and shredding and hitting things until all the right noises happened at once. We’ve been playing these songs for two years now, and it’s a dream come true to finally immortalise them on record. It’s like having eleven tiny babies all at once, all with their own little faces and voices and personalities, and now we’re ready to throw them out of our nest and into your ears.”

Already-heard jams “Sucker” and “The Road” have been spruced up for Love In The 4th Dimension, which will also feature big-hitting belters “Cupid” and “Silent Movie Susie”.

The band have also been recording for singer songwriter Marika Hackman on her new album.

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“Save this holy mess,” announces Jules Jackson in the opening moments on ‘Hold This’ – throwing away the keys to the control booth, and fleeing an unspecified scene of total chaos never to be seen again. Luckily, she’s had second thoughts a verse later, and The Big Moon’s latest becomes an odd, squalling, musical entanglement instead, which wrestles with messy situations, and finds the answers by holding them together.

Echoing the themes of ‘Formidable’ (this new ‘un forms the b-side) ‘Hold This’ is a song that deals in darker and more complex lyrical themes ,Darkness, and mildly menacing instrumental interludes aside, though ‘Hold This’ remains a total banger of a song, too. Such a wonderful band who have worked so hard these last 12 months , Looking forward to the debut album due out very soon .

the debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’

One of the best bands of the year have given us hope for the next with the announcement of their debut album “Love in the 4th Dimension” which is due out 7th April 2017 via Fiction Records. The record will feature stand out tracks “Cupid”‘Sucker’ and ‘The Road’ as well as the below single ‘Formidable’.

Speaking of the album, Juliette Jackson said: “We spent twelve gorgeous summer days in the studio hanging out with the brilliant producer and super babe Catherine Marks, experimenting and noodling and shredding and hitting things until all the right noises happened at once.

“We’ve been playing these songs for two years now, and it’s a dream come true to finally immortalise them on record. It’s like having eleven tiny babies all at once, all with their own little faces and voices and personalities, and now we’re ready to throw them out of our nest and into your ears.”

‘Formidable’ has been a crowd favourite for a while so it feels like a real ‘moment’ for the band as the debut album comes ever closer.

Pre-order the debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ on signed CD & Vinyl out 7th April via Fiction Records


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