Montreal-based quartet, Half Moon Run – Devon Portielje, Conner Molander, Dylan Phillips, Isaac Symonds – return with their second album titled ‘Sun Leads Me On’, released on 23rd October through Glassnote Records. To get a taste of the new material, here’s the intriguing first cut called ‘Trust’.
Multi-instrumentalist Dylan Phillips explains: “Trust is somewhat of a strange song…It’s a departure from what you might normally expect from us. It’s the last song we wrote and recorded, and it was put together with a lot of fragmented ideas and somewhat of a chaotic energy.
It feels a little bit like starting from the end, but leaves plenty of room to work back towards the beginning.”
Speaking about the new album he reveals: “Sun Leads Me On came from a place that felt a little bit like being underwater,” explains Dylan, “but we kept powering through because ultimately we knew it was worth it.
We had this beautiful thing, this wonderful chance, but we were also working our way through a lot of darkness, losing lots of friends, struggles at home, losing our sense of home, trying to let the music guide us but having trouble even finding that.
There was a lot of strife in it all, but at the same time the sun just kept pulling us forward, and we just kept pushing forward and trying to find beauty in what we do.”
Frontman Devon Portielje adds: “We went down to California and we were surfing every day. A lot of the tunes we were writing there just came out.
Dark Eyes took us over seven months to record and we went through two or three recordings of each song, so the vibe got a little lost from what it initially was.”
HALF MOON RUN – UK/EU TOUR DATES:
21st September – London, Oslo SOLD OUT
23rd September – Paris, Point Ephémère SOLD OUT
23rd October – Dublin, Whelan’s
26th October – London, Koko SOLD OUT
27th October – Bristol, Trinity
28th October – Manchester, Gorilla
30th October – Leeds, Brudenell
31st October – Glasgow, Oran Mor
1st November – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
4th November – Paris, Trabendo
5th November – Brussels, Botanique SOLD OUT
6th November – Cologne, Luxor
7th November – Amsterdam, Paradiso Nord SOLD OUT
10th November – Berlin, Lido
23rd March 2016 – London, The Roundhouse NEW DATE