Trio bask in moon­light

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

FUS­ING el­e­ments of in­die, pop and roots, Half Moon Run use three-part rhyth­mic har­monies to hold down moody, psy­che­delic ar­range­ments and elec­tronic-in­fused sound­scapes.

The Cana­dian three-piece made up of Con­ner Molan­der, Devon Por­tielje and Dy­lan Phillips started play­ing three years ago and re­leased their de­but Dark Eyes in March.

Though the trio had re­leased just one home­made EP, Molan­der says he and his band­mates felt ready to dive straight into an al­bum. ‘‘We had no rea­son not to . . ,’’ he says. ‘‘All the songs were there and we felt our ca­reers were in the right place. Dark Eyes took seven months to record, par­tially be­cause we are all per­fec­tion­ists.

‘‘We just put tweaks on the songs un­til it feels right. We know when a song is done be­cause we all have the same feel­ing about it.’’

Many tracks on the al­bum were penned when the band formed, but have mor­phed and changed dur­ing band per­for­mances.

‘‘There are so many phases of devel­op­ment for a song – you write it, have a per­sonal take on it, per­form it and then record it,’’ Molan­der says.

Half Moon Run in­tend to cre­ate mean­ing­ful mu­sic that con­jures im­ages for the lis­tener.

‘‘Our mu­sic has to have feel­ing, we couldn’t have it any other way,’’ says Molan­der.

‘‘We put our most hon­est ef­fort into this al­bum. We be­lieve we have to have mean­ing in ev­ery­thing we do.’’

Band mem­bers, aged from 20 to 24, come from a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal back­grounds and of­ten trade in­stru­ments and multi-task to great ef­fect.

‘‘Dy­lan and I have a his­tory in clas­si­cal pi­ano, whereas Devon is self-taught,’’ says Molan­der.

‘‘We are in­spired by a lot of dif­fer­ent things and we all bring a lot of dif­fer­ent in­flu­ences to the ta­ble.’’

Molan­der says the trio’s live show is dic­tated by the en­ergy of the au­di­ence. ‘‘We have to ad­just to ev­ery sit­u­a­tion,’’ he says. ‘‘Our three-part har­monies are a big part of our live show. It’s an amaz­ing vibe.’’

Half Moon Run play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, on Satur­day.

Half Moon Run.

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