Discover & Download - Half Moon Run

January 6, 2016
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Honesty is the fabric of all our interpersonal relationships. It’s the levelling light that removes us from concealment and obscurity. For Half Moon Run, it’s been crucial to every step they’ve taken together. Since the beginning, they didn’t labour under the notion that they would be a successful musicians in a touring band. When they formed Montreal in 2009, multi-instrumentalists Devon Portielje, Conner Molander and Dylan Phillips put their lives on the line, quitting every backup plan because they weren’t prepared to sacrifice their uncommon chemistry for the wayward uncertainties of life outside music. Instinct and belief in the validity of what they were doing led them to create their astonishingly accomplished debut album ‘Dark Eyes’, released in the UK in the summer of 2013.

Its follow-up ‘Sun Leads Me On’ is the process of coming into being in the quest for beauty and honesty. For the three founding members and for fellow multi-instrumentalist Isaac Symonds, who joined during the early touring for ‘Dark Eyes’, it materialised after months of creative frustration. After two years of relentless gigging, they got back to Montreal in late 2014 only to realise they were “oversaturated with each other and the band,” says Isaac. Through brute force and determination, they overcame the mental challenge of effectively starting over.

On ‘Sun Leads Me On’ they’ve found what they’re looking for: the liberation of ideas as they delve deeper into music as a source of lucidity. “I’ve totally come to piece with what ‘Sun Leads Me On’ is and I’m completely happy with it” says Isaac after brief reflection. He may have said it retrospectively, but there’s a sense they’ve always been at piece with the record they were making. Despite the fraught initial stages of ‘Sun Leads Me On’, it’s clear that whatever guided them on to its fruition has always been there, shining on them, ready to guide them should they determine to break out of the darkness. Perhaps the old cliche about difficult second albums is true for a lot of bands, but then perhaps the creative forces driving most second albums are unnatural, external and frustrating. Half Moon Run don’t feel pressured by anyone else’s standards of them, only their own.