Trio bask in moonlight
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.